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!

Tours Led by Teofilo Ruiz

  • Spain and Morocco Tour: In the Path of Medieval Islam Spain-Morocco-Tour-Granada-Cordoba-Servilla-Marrakech-2October 27 – November 10, 2018 | Teofilo Ruiz In 711, an army of Arabs and Berbers landed on the Iberian Peninsula, and over the next seven years, through diplomacy and warfare, they brought most of present-day Spain and Portugal under Islamic control. For more than 700 years, until the Christians retook the land in 1492 (reconquista), Muslim dynasties ruled al-Andalus, and during this time there was a blossoming of philosophy, arts and sciences.