Professor Teofilo Ruiz
Teofilo Ruiz is a medieval historian and professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his PhD from Princeton University and has taught at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Princeton University. In 1994 he was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the four Outstanding Teachers of the Year in the United States. He served as chair of the UCLA Department of History and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his project on festivals, rituals, and power in late medieval and early modern Spain. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is consistently rated as one of the most popular professors at UCLA. He has published many books as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals and has lectured widely throughout the USA, Spain, Italy, France, England, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. His breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm captivate travelers and bring sites to life!