Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso is an educator, translator and scholar with over 10 years of teaching experience. She is currently a Hendrix-Murphy Visiting 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 as well as WGSS courses on gender and film courses for the Program of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests focus on media analysis of cultural production from a gender lens, including, but not limited to, contemporary Spanish cinema, women's cinema, feminist film criticism, gender and genre, contemporary Spanish literature, women authors, visual culture, feminist media research, and critical pedagogies. In her dissertation titled
Cuestión de género(s): la mirada en el cine de Manuela Burló Moreno, Mar Coll y Leticia Dolera
, she problematizes the concept of the female gaze through the lens of film genres in the works of three contemporary Spanish women filmmakers in order to point to the limitations of the concept and propose other labels in order to diversify the existing critical vocabulary and allow for a richer understanding and discussion of women's cultural production.