Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Jesús Ruiz

Ph.D. Alumnus

Jesús G. Ruiz is a first-generation citizen of the United States and a former Fulbright Scholar to Spain. He specializes in Colonial Latin America, the Atlantic World, and Caribbean History. He is trained in methodologies from Atlantic, intellectual, and cultural history.

His dissertation, Subjects of the King: Royalism and the Origins of the Haitian Revolution, 1763-1806, brings these methods together in a trans-imperial perspective. Based on archival research and travel undertaken in Spain, France, the United States, and Haiti, his project re-examines the social, political, and cultural history of the Haitian Revolution. His work traces the movements of multilingual border crossers of uncertain loyalty, and documents a royalist counterrevolutionary movement that sought to destroy the republican ideals of the French Revolution and restore Louis XVI to the throne. Ultimately, Subjects of the King calls upon scholars to rethink the way in which the enslaved in Saint Domingue conceptualized freedom, challenging the assumption that royalism was a rigid historical counterpoint to Enlightenment ideals.

With a deeply trans-disciplinary formation, Ruiz holds a B.A. (2008) in Spanish from St. Lawrence University, with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and an M.A. (2012) in Caribbean Cultural Studies from The State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow. He was an Instructor for the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University for two years, winning the William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Instructor in Latin American Studies. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Latin American Graduate Organization, where he helped organize local symposiums, as well as a legendary soccer tournament. In Spain, he was a visiting researcher and scholar at the Instituto de Historia del Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (IH-CCHS/CSIC) in Madrid and the Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos (EEHA) in Seville and, in France, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He has presented his work in the United States, Europe, and Haiti.

His investigations have been supported by fellowships and grants from the Fulbright IIE Program, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the John Carter Brown Library, Harvard University’s Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop at the Hutchins Center for Afro-Latin American Studies, the Hagley Library & Museum, the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University, the US Department of Education, and the Tinker Foundation.

He defended his dissertation in March 2020, passing with distinction.