Carrie Ruiz - Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Carrie Ruiz

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Porter Hall 226D
Phone: 412.268.4066


Throughout my career as a scholar, I have been fortunate to be able to conduct interdisciplinary research. The contact with other disciplines has played an important role in my academic formation, as well as in my research. My current line of investigation explores the implementation of narrative techniques that align with the plastic arts of the Baroque. More specifically, my research pairs short Spanish narrative texts from the 1600-1650 with the anamorphic perspective of art. Ultimately, my interest lies in the analysis of vision, deception, and wonder in Spanish Baroque texts in relation to theories regarding perspective, gaze, and optical illusions in the seventeenth-century.

Although my primary field is Early-Modern Spanish literature, I also have an interest in Cultural and Film Studies. Particularly, I focus on how Spanish society constructs the image of the Other in relation to questions of national identity formation. Some of my studies have explored the representation of marginal figures, such as the immigrant and the gypsy, in contemporary Spanish film.

My interest in interdisciplinary research has also led me to be co-editor of Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies. This peer-reviewed journal focuses on the literary and artistic interaction between Spain and France from the Early Modern period to the present day. Through this journal, we bring together scholars from France, Canada, Spain, and the United States that study the cultural and literary exchanges, reflections, and transformations that have taken place between these two Western powers.