- Master's degree: Rutgers University
- Bachelor's degree: Kean University
Joe Cruz lived most of his life in Puerto Rico before he moved to New Jersey to attend college. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in communication and broadcast media at Kean University. At Kean, he worked on numerous projects at the school’s radio station, and he also volunteered as director at a community theater group. Joe earned his master’s in communication and information studies at Rutgers University, where he held a research assistantship studying networked urban communities, and a corporate communications fellowship at Johnson & Johnson, where he developed numerous digital media projects. He has written and presented about masculinity in film, transmedia storytelling, digital advocacy campaigns, and geek culture. At Penn State, he plans to forge his research around the correlation between mass media, visibility and normalization. In his spare time, Joe attends comic conventions, often dressed as a comic book character. One day he hopes to portray Batman convincingly.