Luz M Jimenez Ruvalcaba is a second year PhD student in Modern Thought and Literature.
Her research focuses on trauma and survival in 20th and 21st Century Women-of-Color Literature. More specifically, her research concerns itself with intimate and daily acts of violence in relation to grand-scale narratives of social, politcal, physical, and spatial control. In seeking to understand the multiple, complex, and often abstract representations of violence and survival, Luz’s work is also concerned with the spaces and places where trauma and resistance take place. Lastly, her work pays attention to narrative form and structure and how these mediate trauma so as to not reproduce it. Importantly, Luz’s research and writing cares for poetry and feeling, and believes in their power to bring about healing. Through her research, she hopes to contribute to a more socially just world.
Luz holds a Bachelors of Art in English and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2010. While at Loyola Marymount University, she wrote a senior thesis titled “All Freeways Cut (through) East LA: Discursive Exclusion and Chicana Resistance in Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them” in which she investigates the disastarous effects of freeway construction on East Los Angeles through the voice and experience of two female characters in the novel. Before coming to Stanford, she was a high school English and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESOL) teacher in South Texas.