Jason Ruiz

jasonAssistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A.,   University of Minnesota
1041 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame                               
Notre Dame, IN  46556                                                    
Phone: (574) 631-2168                                                              
Fax: (574) 631-4399   
Curriculum Vitae
Jason Ruiz is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where 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.

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