Luz Ruiz
PhD Student
Media Studies

Luz Ruiz is a Mexican born bilingual and bicultural scholar, media-activist and professional radio journalist.  She obtained her BA in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana located in the border town of Tijuana.  As a Fulbright scholarship recipient, she pursued an MA in Women Studies from San Francisco State University where she focused her research on communication, media, and gender, particularly with Indigenous Mesoamerican women.

Her involvement in community media projects for nearly 17 years and a strong interest in civic engagement has drawn her to questions related to community media as a tool for creating greater autonomy, cultural recognition, and social justice through media ownership and empowerment.  Luz's current research explores the use of media by social justice and indigenous movements, focusing on community radio practices, youth media processes, and critical pedagogy in community learning and media production initiatives.