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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

Courses & Publications

  • 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).