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Dr. Sandra Ruiz

Assistant Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English, Affiliate of Latin American and Caribbean Studies & Comparative and World Literature

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Contact Information

  • Address: Department of Latina/Latino Studies
    1207 W. Oregon
  • Telephone: 217-265-0370
  • Email:

Research Description

My work looks at Latina/o life-worlds, particularly works by Puerto Rican artists, revolutionaries, icons, and other cultural workers. I approach my objects and subjects of analysis through a performance studies lens in order to rub together distinct fields of study with critical theory and philosophy. I am currently working on my book manuscript: Ricanness: Performances of Time, Bodily Endurance, and Governance. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Latina/o Studies, Performance Studies, Contemporary American Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Theater Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Continental Philosophy


  • PhD New York University; MA New York University; BA University of Chicago

Distinctions / Awards

  • Michael Kirby Distinguished Dissertation Award & IPRH Fellow (2014-2015)


  • Latina/o Performance: Bodily Practices, Brown & Black Existentialisms, Issues in Performance Studies, Theories and Methods in Latina/Latino Studies

Office Hours

  • T/Th: 3:45-5:15PM