Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso is an educator, translator and scholar with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Murphy Fellow in Spanish at Hendrix College. She has earned a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Spanish Studies from the University of Connecticut. She has also completed graduate certificates in College Instruction and Feminist Studies. During her stay at UConn, she served as a graduate instructor teaching courses on Spanish language, culture and film for the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and WGSS courses on gender and film courses for the Program of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Her research interest focuses on feminist analysis of cultural artifacts within Hispanic cultures with a particular emphasis on contemporary Spanish cinema. In her dissertation titled
Cuestión de género(s): la mirada en el cine de Manuela Burló Moreno, Mar Coll y Leticia Dolera
[Gender/Genre Matters: The Gaze in the Cinema of Manuela Burló Moreno, Mar Coll, and Leticia Dolera], she problematizes the concept of the
through the lens of film genres in the works of three contemporary Spanish women filmmakers in order to underline the limitations of such a label and, in turn, propose new genre-informed readings to allow for a richer understanding and discussion of women's cultural production.