Participant Info

First Name
Vicki L.
Last Name
University of California, Irvine
Website URL
Latinas in the United States, U.S. women's labor history, immigration history, and the U.S. West
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Personal Info

About Me




Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. A first generation college-bound student, she received her PhD in History from Stanford University in 1982. Anaward-winning scholar and educator, she is the author of Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century Americaand co-author of Created Equal: A History of the United States.She and Virginia Sánchez Korrol co-edited the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, which received a 2007 “Best in Reference” Award from the New York Public Library.Over the course of her career, Ruiz has participated in numerous public history and community engagement programs, including Arizona State’s Hispanic-Mother Daughter Program. From 2007-2012, she served as Dean of the School of Humanities at UC Irvine. In 2012 Professor Ruiz was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Directing twenty-six dissertations, she has mentored four generations of graduate students from UC Davis, Claremont Graduate School, Arizona State, and UC Irvine. The National Women’s History Project named her a 2015 Honoree in recognition of her scholarship. Ruiz has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Association. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. On September 10, 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Vicki L. Ruiz the National Humanities Medal, the eighth UC faculty member and first Latina so honored

Recent Publications

“Class Acts: Latina Feminist Traditions, 1900-30,” American Historical Review, 121: 1  (February 2016)


Spanish speakers pre-dated English speakers in the U.S.” as part of “7 Things People Get Wrong About American History,” Time(September 26, 2017)

“We Are the Humanities,” Cal Humanities interviews as part of its 40thanniversary celebration 2017)

Comments on the politics of exclusion included in Ken Burns and David McCullough, “Historians on Donald Trump,”

“The Immigration and Nationality Act Is Signed (Oct. 3, 1965),” 25 Moments That Changed America, Time(June 4, 2015)



“Nuestra América: Latino History as United States History,” Journal of American History, 93:3 (December 2006)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Migration & Immigration, Race, Women, World War II