Dr. Ruiz is a Professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies, and director of the University of California, Irvine’s Humanities Out There (HOT) outreach program, integrating oral history and conventional archival sources to make history accessible. Her efforts have earned her a presidential nomination to the National Council on the Humanities and Latina magazine’s “Woman of the Year” award in 2000. Professor Ruiz has served on the National Museum of American History Latino Advisory Committee, was President of the Organization of American Historians, the first Latina so honored, and was president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is a Member of the National Humanities Council; National Council, American Historical Association; Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association; Secretary of the Labor and Working Class History Association, and Chair of the Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, American Studies Association. Professor Ruiz has numerous publications, and resides in Irvine, CA.
Vicki Ruiz, Ph.D.
NMAH Board Member; Professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies; Director, University of California, Irvine’s Humanities Out There outreach program