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Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Cecilia Ruiz, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish

Maria Cecilia Ruiz, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990.


Ph.D,  University of California, San Diego, Literature
B.A., University of California, San Diego, Spanish

Scholarly and Creative Work

Ruiz has focused her research primarily on Don Juan Manuel (1282-1348). She published a reworking of her dissertation with Scripta Humanistica in 1989: Literatura y política: El Libro de los estados y el Libro de las armas de Don Juan Manuel. She studied humor in Don Juan Manuel and published an article on the subject in 1993: “El humor en el Libro de la caza, el Libro del cavallero et del escudero y el Libro de los estados de don Juan Manuel” (in Estudios alfonsinos y otros estudios. Edited by Nicolás Toscano. Published by Foundation for the Humanities in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities). For the last two years Ruiz has been writing on religion, family and power in Don Juan Manuel.

Teaching Interests

Ruiz has taught a variety of courses: First and Second Year Spanish, Grammar and Composition, Survey of Peninsular Literature, Medieval Literature, Golden Age Theatre and Poetry, Spanish Grammar and Composition, and Children’s Literature in Spanish.