Associate Professor of American Studies
Areas of Expertise
U.S.-Mexico cultural relations, race and popular culture, sexuality studies
Ruiz is affiliated faculty with the Program in Gender Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies. He teaches courses in Latino studies, race and representation, border studies and popular culture. His research focuses on American perceptions of Mexico and Latin America with emphases on race, cultural and economic imperialism, tourism, gender and sexuality. He is currently researching his second book, “Searching for Mañana,” which examines American enclaves in Latin America from the turn of the 20th century to the present.