Christin Cleaton-Ruiz. Ph.D.

Christin Cleaton-Ruiz, PhD                       Associate Professor
Office: Bates Hall 120                                 Phone: 413-572-8162
Joined Westfield State University in 2006

Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University (2005)
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego (1994)
B.A., History and Modern Languages, Trinity College, Hartford, CT (1992)

Courses Taught:
HIST 131 – US History to 1865
HIST 132 – US History 1865 to Present
HIST 276 – Latin America to 1800
HIST 277 – Latin America 1800 to Present
HIST 278 – Latin American Revolutions
HIST 279 – History of Women in Latin America
HIST 372 – Drugs in Latin America
HIST 373 – Modern Latin America
HIST 375 – US-Latin American Relations
HIST 372 – Special Topics in Latin American History

Research Interests:
Central American history, history of education, history of social movements, political economy, drugs and the drug economy, colonial Mexico.

Selected Scholarship:

  • Assistant Editor, Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Spring 2015 to Present)
  • “Historia de Nuestra Patria: Nicaraguan Textbooks from 1889 to Present,” New England Historical Association Annual Conference, October 24, 2015.
  • Book Review, Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War, Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Summer 2015.

Special Interests: 
Raising my daughter who keeps me very grounded and travel to Latin America.