Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Minnesota
Ruiz’s research focuses on American perceptions of Mexico and Latin America with emphases on race, cultural and economic imperialism, tourism, gender, and sexuality. His first book, Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire was published by the University of Texas Press in January 2014. Ruiz has also published in the Radical History Review, American Studies, Journal of Transnational American Studies, and elsewhere. In addition, he is the co-editor of Radical History Review #100 (Winter 2007), Queer Twin Cities (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and Radical History Review #123 (forthcoming).
Professor Ruiz is currently researching his second book, Searching for Mañana, which examines American enclaves in Latin America from the turn of the twentieth century to the present.
AMST 20100 Intro to American Studies
AMST 30153 Mixed Race America
AMST 30162 Latinos in American Film
AMST 30169 Race & American Popular Culture
AMST 30172 US Mexico Border
AMST 30184 Latinos in Chicagoland
AMST 43143 American Travels
AMST 47909 Senior Thesis Capstone
- Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire, University of Texas Press (2014)
- Queer Twin Cities: Politics, Histories, Spaces. Co-edited with Michael Franklin, Larry Knopp, Kevin P. Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Alex Urquhart. University of Minnesota Press (2010)
“In this accessible and engaging book, Jason Ruiz argues that U.S. travelers and business people and their stories of nineteenth-century Mexico helped shape U.S. perceptions of the ‘primitive’ economy and people south of the border. Long before there was ‘spring break’ culture, travelers were producing a racialized, sexualized, gendered account of Mexico for U.S. audiences. Ruiz persuasively argues that we need to understand these ideas about Mexico to understand the Marines’ invasion of Veracruz, or to see why U.S. foreign policy treated the Mexican Revolution as such a threat.”
—Laura Briggs, Chair, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts