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Luz Jimenez Ruvalcaba

Luz Jimenez Ruvalcaba

Field of Study: 
Multiethnic Literature; Latinx Literary and Cultural Production; Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Queer of Color Critique; Critical Race Studies; Decolonial Theory and Praxis; Violence and Survival; Place, Belonging, and Dwelling
Profile / Bio: 

At the intersection of literary study, critical race studies, and feminist studies, Luz’s research investigates the cultural and historical preconditions that foster intimate violence. Specifically, in her dissertation project, she studies the ways in which domestic violence is represented—how it originates, develops and is manifested—in 20th and 21st century Latinx literature. In broader terms, Luz returns to experiences and conceptions of violence whose hermeneutic devastation has been normalized. What happens, then, when we attend to forms of everyday violence we dismiss because we have resigned ourselves to them? What happens when we care for the less visible and more quiet expressions of loss? With an emphasis on the literary skill of close reading, she thinks about forms of violence that might not always be readily perceived as such. Her attention is often with absence and the absented/disappeared, as well as with desperation and proleptic mourning. Ultimately, her research stresses the humanity of those Fanon termed the damnés of the earth who, as marginalized bodies, are nevertheless active subjects of radical hope. Ultimately, Luz hopes to offer literature as a touch stone that might help us further understand ourselves as members of a society founded upon the inherent violences of racial and gendered hierarchies.


Luz was born in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, México and migrated to to the United States at the age of four. After years of impermanence, her family and she made home in Inglewood, California. In 2010, she graduated summa cum laude in English, Spanish, and Chicano Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Before graduate school, Luz was a high school English and ESL teacher in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In addition to her scholarly projects, Luz is also a poet and an avid television watcher.   


Awards, Fellowships, Grants:


  • Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race in Ethnicity (CCSRE), 2018-2019
  • Graduate Scholar in Residence, El Centro Chicano y Latino, 2014-present
  • VONA/Voice of Our Nations Arts Foundation, 2017
  • Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship, 2016-2018
  • Gates Millennium Scholar, 2006-2013