Dr. Ruiz received her Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin. During her doctoral research she examined the relations among anthropology, gender and nationalism in Mexico. She has published several publications of articles on this topic and a book. She is currently developing qualitative methodologies to examine the relationships between gender and heritage in urban scenarios where heritage can be both an element of community empowerment as well as a justification for gentrification. She lectures at various institutions on courses such as Gender and Culture, Anthropology of Food and Culture and Identity, and Qualitative Research Methodologies at the MSc. International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) where she has been an advisor for students working with issues of gender and development, heritage and memory and the politics of development.