Professor Saxton-Ruiz began teaching at UWGB in 2009. His research interests lie primarily in Latin American Literature, specifically in 20th and 21st Century Narrative. His first book which explores the complex relationship of literature and the recent violent history of Peru was published in 2012. He teaches a wide array of Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and language courses. In addition, he is a strong proponent of study abroad programs and currently leads a summer travel course to Alicante, Spain. He has lived a large part of his life all over the world, including both Central and South America, Africa and Europe (Iceland, Belgium and his high school years in Madrid, Spain). Professor Saxton-Ruiz has also worked in government (including positions at two American embassies), in international consulting at the Foreign Policy Group in Washington, DC, in international business at US Airways, and in experiential learning and study abroad programs at American University. His other interests include music (a sample playlist will most likely include the Beatles, Interpol, Os Mutantes, Pavement, Beulah, Teenage Fanclub and Al Green), film (especially works by the Coen brothers and Francisco Lombardi), cooking (Peruvian and Spanish cuisine), soccer and traveling to other countries to experience new cultures.
Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature; Contemporary Peninsular Literature; Latin American Cultural Studies; Popular Culture Studies; Film Studies; Representations of Violence in Latin American Cultural Productions; Cultural Gastronomy of Latin American and Spain; Eroticism.
Current Projects: Anthology of Contemporary Peruvian Writers in Translation tentatively titled Bajo un nuevo sol: Peruvian Fiction in the Twenty-First Century.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
- Forasteros en tierra extraña: La nueva narrativa peruana y la violencia política. Editorial Universitaria Ricardo Palma, Lima, Perú. (2012)
- English translation of Washington Cucurto’s story "Dama tocada" (Published in Words without Borders, December 2012.)
Selected Works in Progress:
- "Of Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors: Social Satire in the Works of Rodolfo Santana and Juan Rivera Saavedra" (Article under review)
- English translation of Jorge Eduardo Benavides’ story "Cosas de niños" (Under review)
- "Pixilated Penetration: Santiago Roncagliolo’s Tan cerca de la vida and the High-Tech Love Story" (Article)
- "El amor en tiempos de terror: Un asunto sentimental de Jorge Eduardo Benavides" (Article)
- "Cherchez la femme, or: Love in the Time of Terror. A Review of Jorge Eduardo Benavides’ Un asunto sentimental" (Book review)
Selected Recent and Upcoming Conferences & Presentations:
- "El sentimiento fantástico en La noche de Morgana de Jorge Eduardo Benavides." Coloquio Internacional: ‹‹Fines del mundo: Narrativas Fantásticas en Hispanoamérica›› Centro de Estudios Literarios Antonio Cornejo Polar (CELACP) – Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru – October, 2012.
- Invited speaker sponsored by the US Embassy-Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gave presentation: "Higher Education in a Globalized World." Fulbright Commission and the Argentine American Cultural Institute. Gave presentation: "Higher Education in the US and Economic Crises – Latin American Studies and New Challenges." US Embassy-Buenos Aires. Gave presentation: "La educación superior en los Estados Unidos y la crisis económica: Los estudios latinoamericanos y los nuevos retos." Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires. May, 2011.
- "Abril rojo de Santiago Roncagliolo: La novela negra y el contexto político peruano." Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL), The Past in the Present: Revolutions, Reactions, Transgressions, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, October, 2010.
- "Novela negra con peruanos: Abril rojo de Santiago Roncagliolo y el doble código." Congreso Internacional de Ficción Criminal: El género negro en la era de la globalización (1990-2010), León, Spain, October, 2010.
- "La abuela virgen y los profesores chiflados: Sátira social en las obras de Rodolfo Santana y Juan Rivera Saavedra." Decimoctavas Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano, Puebla, Mexico, July 2010.
Education: B.A., Spanish & French, Virginia Tech; M.A., Ph.D., Modern Foreign Languages, (Specialization: Contemporary Latin American Literature; Second Concentration: Applied Linguistics; Third Concentration: French Studies), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- Spanish 201 & 202 – Intermediate Spanish I & II
- Spanish 329 – Representative Authors
- Spanish 325 – Advanced Conversation & Composition
- Spanish 360 – Spain Today
- Spanish 465 – Representations of Violence in Latin America
- Spanish 358 – Latin America Today
- Spanish 359 – Cultures of the Americas
- Spanish 101 & 102 – Introduction to Spanish I & II (Summer Hybrid Courses)
- Spanish 225 – Intermediate Conversation & Composition
- Spanish 465 – La historia de España a través del cine, la televisión y la literatura
- Spanish 345 – Advanced Grammar
- Spanish 499 – UWGB in Alicante (Study Abroad in Spain)
- History 358 – Political History of Modern Latin America
- Education 311 – Teaching Foreign Language Methods