Vicki L. Ruiz
University of California, Irvine
Humanities and Arts
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California ~Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies. Entered the history profession when the idea of a separate field of Chicano/Latino history hardly existed. Pioneering scholarship and leadership helped create a field that now has a place in every graduate history program. Blending insights from the history of women and workers and from the arena of ethnic studies, inspired a generation of students and scholars to think seriously about how the examination of one large and complicated ethnic group can help us understand U.S. history writ large. Initial explorations of women in the West led to examinations of the role of wage-earning women in family life and the workplace. Explicated the relationships of ethnic identity to issues of gender equality.