See below for a list of supporting faculty members within the Global and Regional Studies Department.

Maria Luisa Ruiz  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • Ph.D. Spanish and Humanities, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2005
    Dissertation: Expanding boundaries, alternative visions: staging representations of popular urban women in contemporary Mexican chronicle, photography, and film.
  • M.A. Spanish, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2000
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential Spanish with crosscultural, language and academic development emphasis, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1998


  • Fellow, Scholarship for Teaching and Learning - Saint Mary's College (August 2006)
  • Teaching Fellowship - Irvine (2000)
    Provides one year of dissertation funding, along with an opportunity to teach undergraduate-level courses. Award based on academic merit.
  • Graduate Fellowship - Stanford University (1998)
    Five-Year, Full Tuition Fellowship and Living Stipend for the P.h. D. program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Selected Presentations

  • Fragmented identities, contested subjectivies: gender, violence, and power in the films of Marisa Systach. Ruiz, Mara Luisa (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    Midwestern Modern Languages Association
    (November 2009)
  • Me enamor de ti en un bazar: gender, consumption and class difference in AmarTeDuele.. Ruiz, Mara Luisa (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    Fifth International Conference on Film Theory and Analysis
    (October 2009)
  • Remember the Alamo?: Visualizing the Amricas in the English-language classroom. Ruiz, Mara Luisa (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies
    (March 2009)
  • Lejos de casa: Fragments of the public and private in Perfume de Violetas (nadie te oye. Ruiz, Mara Luisa (paper)
    Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association
    (September 2008)
  • Violencia en el umbral: Violations of the public and Private in Perfume de Violetas (nadie te oye). Ruiz, Mara Luisa (paper)
    Transnational Cinema in Globalizing Societies: Asia and Latin America, Puebla, MX.
    (August 2008)
  • In and Out of Bounds: Spectators, Female Wrestlers and Space in the Photography of Lourdes Grobet. Ruiz, Mara Luisa (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    55th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
    (April 2008)
  • Baile de Mscaras: Luchadoras, Spectacle, and Performance in the Photographs of Lourdes Grobet. Ruiz, Maria Luisa (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Bolvar House Guest Lecture Series, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.

    (April 2007)
  • Staging Female Identity in the Fractured City. Ruiz, Maria Luisa (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    48th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Languages Association
    (November 2006)
  • Panel Discussant. "Scenes from el mall: consumption, mass culture and class difference in AmarTeDuele". Ruiz, Maria (panel or forum member)
    The International Colloquium for Vernacular, Hispanic, Historical, American and Folklore Studies 2005 conference at the Universidad de las Amricas in Puebla, Mexico
    (October 2005)
  • Panel Discussant. "Cuerpos en circulacin: gnero, raza y comercio en Per y Mxico". Ruiz, Maria (panel or forum member)
    Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas
    (October 2004)
  • Workshop leader. "The Secrets of Our Success: Latinas in Higher Education". Ruiz, Maria
    5th Annual HAU Conference, Saint Mary's College of California
    (February 2004)
  • Dijame entrar: Espacios intimos y mujeres publicas en las fotografias de Maya Goded. Ruiz, Maria
    X Jornadas Metropolitanas de Estudios Culturales en Mxico y Amrica, Mexico City
    (July 2003)
  • Invited Panelist. "Applying to and Surviving Graduate School". Ruiz, Maria (invited)
    HSF Chapter Meeting, Stanford University
    (November 2002)
  • Invited Panelist. "Interdisciplinarity in Literature: Methods and Challenges". Ruiz, Maria (invited)
    Honors College. Stanford University
    (September 2002)
  • A Beginning and an End: History and Fiction in Cielos de la Tierra. Ruiz, Maria
    Retrospectivas y Proyecciones ante un Nuevo Milenio: Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference on Literature, Linguistics and Cultural Production
    (November 2000)
  • A Beginning and an End: History and Fiction in Cielos de la Tierra. Ruiz, Maria
    telling hiStories: Spring Symposium of the Graduate Program in the Humanites
    (May 2000)
  • Que ves, Mara Ines? La representacion arquetipica de los personajes femeninos en Mirada de Mujer. Ruiz, Maria
    el Cuarto Congreso Internacional de las Amricas
    (September 1999)


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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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