The Ford Foundation recently named American Studies professor Jason Ruiz a 2010 Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow. The highly competitive fellowship will allow Professor Ruiz to devote his full attention to his book manuscript, titled Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Mexico in the Popular Imagination of the United States, over the 2010-11 school year.
He will be mentored by David Serlin, Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. A summer stipend from the NEH will also allow Professor Ruiz to work on his manuscript this summer.
In addition to these honors, Professor Ruiz was awarded a Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the Autry Institite for the Study of the American West to conduct research in Los Angeles.