• ruiz-alfaro
Associate Professor of Spanish
Spanish

Biography

I received my Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Southern California in December 2001.  In May 2006, I also received an M.A. degree in Cinema-Television from the Program in Critical Studies, at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

My scholarly work revolves around the critical connections that contemporary Latin American narrative and film establish in the representation of the self and the Other regarding personal and collective identities.  I am particularly interested in discourses concerned with gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and issues of transnationality and globalism.  I also find compelling the dialogues that both literature and film open with other disciplines like ethnography, investigative journalism and historiography.

At F&M, I teach all levels of Spanish language and culture courses.  I also teach survey courses on Latin American contemporary novel (Boom and Post-Boom authors), short story, drama, and cinema.