Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Jesús Ruiz

Student - Ph.D. Candidate

Jesús Guillermo Ruiz earned his B.A. in Spanish/Caribbean and Latin American Studies from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, where he studied and researched abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Primarily, he focused on Augusto César Sandino and Emiliano Zapata as revolutionary icons through literature, art, and popular culture, conducting a comparative study as his honors thesis. Jesús received his M.A. in Caribbean Cultural Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he spent an entire semester conducting archival research at the National Historical Archive in Madrid (AHN), and the General Archive of the Indies in Seville (AGI). He also had the opportunity to take part in a seminar on the Atlantic World at the Instituto de Historia as part of a special program funded by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). He presented his master’s thesis, “On Becoming Louverture: How a 1790 Mandate Allowed Toussaint to Seize the Role of Liberator Prophesized by Abbé Raynal in 1780,” at the Graduate History Association’s 21st Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference in Buffalo, New York. His research interests include Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution as well as its impact and fundamental role in the Atlantic World and the era of enlightenment, slave rebellions and revolutions, constructions of race, and Caribbean history.