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Teofilo Ruiz

Distinguished Professor & Robert and Dorothy Wellman Chair in Medieval History

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Office  6258 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3194

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A student of Joseph R. Strayer, Teo received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1974 and has taught at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Michigan, the Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Princeton--as 250th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching--before coming to UCLA in July 1998. A scholar of the social and cultural (popular culture) of late medieval and early modern Castile, Teo Ruiz has now completed three books: the first one, The Terror of History, published by Princeton University, 2011. The second book is Diario de la expedicion de Fray Junipero Serra...en 1769, co-edited with Anglel Encinas (Madrid, 2011); and the third one is A King Travles. Festive Traditions ins in late medieval and early modern Spain (Princeton University Press, 2012. Another book, Sites of Encounter and Cultural Production: The Western Mediterranean, c. 450 to the present, is under contract with Blackwell.

"I hope to be able to work closely with students and to help in providing a scholarly and nurturing environment for graduate studies in medieval history at UCLA."


PhD, Princeton 1974,

MA, New York University, 1970

BA, The City College of the City of New York, 1969


Carnegie Foundation, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1994-95
AHA Premio del Rey for the best book in Spanish History before 1536. 1995


Elected to the American Academy of Arts ad Sciences, 2013
Elected as a fellow by the Medieval Academy of America, 2012
PBK Visiting lecturer, 2011-13
The National Humanities Medal, 2011-12
Guggenheim Fellow, 2007-2008
250th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton 1997-98; Premio del Rey, the American Historical Association Biennial Award for the best book on Spanish History, January 1995; Chosen as "Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1994-95; Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), January 1993, 1987, 1983; The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1983-84; NEH Fellowship, 1983-84.

Selected Publications

Books: A sample

A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Princeton University Press, 2012)

Diario de la expedicion de Fray Junipero Serra...en 1769, co-edited with Anglel Encinas (Madrid, 2011)

The Terror of History (Princeton University Press, 2011).

Spain, 1300-1469. Centuries of Crises. (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2007)

Medieval Europe and the World (with Robin Winks Oxford, 2005)

From Heaven to Earth: The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350 (Princeton University Press, 2004)

Spanish Society, 1400-1600 (Longman, 2001)

Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1994)

The City and the Realm: Burgos and Castile in the Late Middle Ages (London: Variorum Reprints, 1992)

Co-author, Burgos en la Edad Media (Valladolid, 1984)

Sociedad y poder real en Castilla (Barcelona, 1981)

Co-editor of Order and Innovation in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Joseph R. Strayer (Princeton, N.J., 1976).

Selected Articles: 

"The Business of Salvation: Property and Charity in Late Medieval Castile," in Essays in Honor of Joseph F. O'Callaghan (Brill: Leiden, 1998), 63-89

"Límites: De la comunidad a la nación en la Castilla bajomedieval," in Anuarios de estudios medievales, 27/1 (1997), 23-41

"The Peasantries of Iberia, 1400 - 1800," in The Peasantries of Europe. From the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries, ed. Tom Scott (Longman: London, 1998), 49-73

"Women, Work and Daily Life in Late Medieval Castile," in Women at Work in Spain: From the Middle Ages to Early Modern Times, ed. M. Stone and C. Benito-Vessels (New York, 1998), 101-20

"Propietat i llengua: Canvis d valors a la Castella medieval," L'Avenç, 213 (abril 1997), 63-7; "Teaching as Subversion," in Inspiring Teaching: Carnegie Professors of the Year Speak, ed. John K. Roth (Jaffrey, NH: Anker, 1996), 158-165.

Plus over thirty additional articles and over seventy reviews in Annales, E.S.C., Past & Present, and other journals.

Graduate Students

Claire Gilbert
Kathryn Renton
Carrie Sanders
Antonio Zaldivar