Christin Cleaton Ruiz


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 (1992)

Courses Taught:
HIST131: U.S. History to 1865
HIST132: U.S. History since 1865
HIST276: Latin America to 1800
HIST277: Latin America 1800 to Present
HIST278: Latin American Revolutions
HIST279: History of Women in Latin America
HIST372: Drugs in Latin America
HIST373: Modern Latin America
HIST375: U.S.-Latin American Relations
HIST372: Special Topics in Latin American History 
HIST395: Senior Seminar: Revolutions

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.