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Taylor Cruz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology 


Taylor M. Cruz, PhD, is a medical sociologist from the San Francisco Bay Area and Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. She studies the social, political, and ethical dimensions of big data and health tech. Her current project examines the evolving political landscape of health care following the adoption of Electronic Health Records within large integrated delivery systems. By combining key informant interviews with ethnographic fieldwork, her research seeks to answer the following: How have Electronic Health Records and data-driven technologies transformed clinical care, system administration, and public policy making within the health care arena? She has also published on the politics of measuring social difference within population-based data systems and the impact of stigma on access to care for underserved populations. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Diana Forsythe Award for Social Studies of Science, Technology, and Health and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Prior to joining CSUF, she taught health policy and social theory at San Jose State University and California State University, East Bay. She enjoys sharing the power of the sociological imagination with new generations of students seeking to making sense of contemporary societal challenges surrounding technology, politics, health, and inequality. She regularly offers independent study opportunities through her Health Justice Research Group, and plans to offer courses in medical sociology and science and technology studies (STS) in the near future.


2018, Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Francisco 

2012, B.S. (Honors), Business, Arizona State University

Research Areas

Health Politics and Policy, Sociology of Health and Illness, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Social Policy, Sociological Theory, Qualitative Methods

Courses Regularly Taught

Theories of Social Behavior 


 Cruz, Taylor M. 2017. “The Making of a Population: Challenges, Implications, and Consequences of the Quantification of Social Difference.” Social Science & Medicine 174: 79-85.

Nemoto, Tooru, Taylor M. Cruz, Mariko Iwamoto, and Maria Sakata. “A Tale of Two Cities: Access to Care and Services among African American Transgender Women in Oakland and San Francisco.” LGBT Health 2(3): 235-42.

Cruz, Taylor M. 2014. “Assessing Access to Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People: A Consideration of Diversity in Combating Discrimination.” Social Science & Medicine 110: 65-73.