Anna Cruz

Research Associate

As an anthropologist, Anna has deep experience conducting qualitative research and evaluation with an emphasis on ethnographic and participatory approaches both in the United States and abroad. At Harder+Company, she translates those skills into a wide-range of developmental evaluation, community engagement, and strategy development projects for public- and social-sector clients. Anna is skilled at designing and implementing research methods that are culturally appropriate for a diverse range of underserved and marginalized populations. Specifically, she has deep experience with focus groups, interviews, intercept-surveys, asset mapping, and participatory video/photography. She is fluent in Spanish.

Prior to joining Harder+Company, Anna worked for the Public Law Center in Orange County, where she conducted interviews with crime victims, advised clients of their legal rights, and held presentations on domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and immigration issues. She was also a field researcher for the Lydia Today Foundation in Athens, Greece, conducting ethnographic research of sex trafficking victims and participating in the first Annual Human Trafficking Conference for Professionals. Anna is currently an adjunct professor at Vanguard University of Southern California where she teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She enjoys both local and international travel, especially to her parents’ farm in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Education
  • Master of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, Vanguard University of Southern California
Areas of Expertise
  • Arts + Culture
  • Housing + Community Development
  • Immigration
  • Intimate Partner Violence Children + Youth + Families