Vicki L. Ruiz, Ph.D.

NMAH Board Member; Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine and the former Dean of the School of Humanities. Over the course of three decades, she has published over fifty essays and one dozen books. An award-winning scholar, she is the author of Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America. Her edited or co-edited anthologies include Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History. She co-edited the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, which received a 2007 "Best in Reference" Award from the New York Public Library. Her community engagement activities have included working with Arizona State’s Hispanic-Mother Daughter Program and UCI's Humanities Out There and Center for Educational Partnerships. Dr. Ruiz is the current president of the American Historical Association. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians, the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, and the American Studies Association. An elected fellow of the Society of American Historians, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She resides in Irvine, CA.