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Prof. Ruiz joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 2016.

His specialization includes colonial Latin America and early modern Spanish literatures and cultures with a transatlantic focus to explore issues of identity formation, gender construction, border theory, and ethnic/racial discourses.

He also explores the role of revolution and violence in nation-formation in Latin American literature, cinema, and popular culture, as well as Chican@/Latin@ identities as products of resistance and assimilation.


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • M.A., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • B.A., English, Magna cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 2003

  • Honors/Global Diversity (taught in English):
  • HONRS 202 Mexican-American/Chican@ Literature (2018)
  • HONRS 201 Nation and Violence in Latin America (2017)
  • HONRS 202 Spanish and Latin American Cinema (2019)

Courses in Spanish:

  • MLSP 400W Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • MLSP 356W Contemporary Spanish American Fiction: The Short Story
  • MLSP 332W Spanish American Culture and Society
  • MLSP 327W Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • MLSP 101 Elementary Spanish I
  • MLSP 102 Elementary Spanish II
  • MLSP 201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • MLSP 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Prof. Ruiz is also the Resident Co-Director of the Department's Summer Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.

Selected Articles:

  • "Three Faces/Phases of Male Desire: Veiled Woman, Passive Virgin, and African Devil in María de Zayas's ‘Tarde llega el desengaño'" Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, Volume 72.3 (2018).
  • "Travel, Carnival, and Consumption: The Postcolonial Hybrid Nation in La guaracha del Macho Camacho." Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, Volume 7.2 (2017): 237-54.
  • "Counter-Discursive and Erotic Agency: The Case of the Black Slaves in Cervantes's ‘El celoso extremeño.'" Hispania, Volume 97.2 (2014): 194-206.
  • "The Exemplary Economy of Giving in La vida es sueño." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Volume 14.3 (2014): 238-53.
  • "Cervantes's Celoso, a Tale of Colonial Lack." Hispanic Review, Volume 81.2 (2013): 145-63.
  • "Toward a Colonial Sub-Text of Sin in Quevedo's Poetry." Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, Volume 66.4 (2012): 171-82.
  • "El reverso del ‘milagro mexicano': la crítica de la nación en Las batallas en el desierto y El vampiro de la colonia Roma." Ciberletras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture, Number 26 (2011).