Representation Matters: How I Became an Expert on Race, Justice, and Popular Culture

Join Jason Ruiz, Chair and Associate Professor within the Department of American Studies, in a First Lecture on race, justice, and popular culture.

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Jason Ruiz

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

College of Arts and Letters

About the Lecturer

Jason Ruiz’s research focuses on American perceptions of Latin America with emphases on race, cultural and economic imperialism, tourism, gender, and sexuality. He is currently writing a book on Latino representations in popular culture from the start of America’s war on drugs to the present, and he leads Latinx Murals of Pilsen, a public-facing digital humanities project about that vibrant Chicago neighborhood. 

He is an affiliated faculty member in the Gender Studies Program and the Departments of Africana Studies and Film, Television, and Theatre, a fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies, and a past winner of Arts & Letters’ highest teaching honor.



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