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Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish

Undergraduate Spanish Advisor (Hispanic Linguistics Major) | Dey 139

At UNC since 2005


Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of New Mexico
M.A., Lingüística Española, Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, Colombia
B.A., Español e Inglés, Universidad del Tolima, Ibagué, Colombia


Dr. Ruiz is originally from Colombia, South America. Her research interests include African contributions to Spanish, Spanish dialectology, language variation, language contact and bilingualism, Spanish phonology and syntax. She has a multicultural family, with her children being half Korean and half Colombian and raised in the States. She also enjoys music and singing, and loves to volunteer and serve the community in her free time.


El español popular de Chocó, Colombia: Evidencia de una reestructuración parcial. Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.

Typical Courses

Span 692H: Honors thesis in Spanish

Spanish 397: Undergraduate Seminar in Language and Linguistics

Spanish 378: Afro-Hispanic Language Contacts

Spanish 376: Phonetics and Phonology

Spanish 377: Grammatical Structure of Spanish

Spanish 300: Spanish Composition and Grammar Review

Spanish 203: Intermediate Spanish I

Awards & Honors

Buchan Award recipient Fall 2016

Celebration of Faculty, Diversity Achievement and Success Fall 2014