Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso

Ph.D., UConn Alumna

Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages | Program of Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies


Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Studies in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) in July 2021. She holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting in English and French (2007) and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture (2011) from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC, Spain). In 2015, she completed an M.A. in Spanish Studies at the University of Connecticut, and decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Spanish Studies with a focus on gender and genre. During her stay at UConn, she also completed graduate certificates in College Instruction (2016) and Feminist Studies (2021).


During her graduate studies at UConn, Ruth served as a graduate instructor for the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (2013-2019) and the Program of Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies (2019-2021), where she taught 1000-, 2000-, and 3000-level courses on Spanish language, literature and film as well as gender and American cinema. Her teaching experience began in 2008 as an instructor of Spanish language and literature and of Spanish (ELE), French (FLE), and English (EFL) as foreign languages in secondary and higher education institutions in Spain. In 2009, she worked as a Spanish instructor in the international cooperation program for language diversification run in Agadir (Morocco) under the direction of Radio ECCA and the ULPGC’s Foundation. At present, Ruth is the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Spanish at Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas) where she teaches courses on Spanish language, literature and film and mentors students in the Murphy Scholars program to help them complete language and literary-related projects.

In addition to teaching, Ruth has served as a translator and interpreter (English, French > Spanish) for public institutions and private clients based in the Canary Islands. She has also volunteered as a translator for NGOs Fundación Sur-África Fundación (2009-2011) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (2015-2016).


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. Her dissertation problematizes the concept of the female gaze through the lens of film genres in contemporary Spanish women’s cinema.

Her interest in feminist research has afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Ana María Díaz-Marcos in the editing of a contemporary Spanish women playwrights anthology titled Escenarios de crisis: dramaturgas españolas en el nuevo milenio (Benilde 2018), where she authored the epilogue “Miradas entre bastidores: reflexiones sobre autoría femenina en escenarios de crisis” (pp.523-531). Her latest publication is a book review of Guerras simbólicas: el papel del audiovisual en la lucha de la violencia de género (Menéndez & Illera-Miguel 2017) published on Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies (vol. 11, n. 1, 2019).

Besides her commitment to feminist scholarship, she is also interested in teaching and learning and actively participates in conferences, seminars, and talks to foster critical thinking inside and outside campus. She is a junior member and collaborator in the research group Lingüística Aplicada a la Docencia de la Lengua Extranjera, su Literatura y su Traducción (Lindolenex), based in Universidad de Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and coordinated by Professor Jorge Juan Vega y Vega. This collaboration resulted in the publication of a peer-review article based on her master’s thesis about the use of image analysis in language teaching, titled Como pez en el agua, una propuesta didáctica a partir del análisis de la imagen publicitaria” (Guiniguada, 2011), and my contribution to the translation of two book projects, Del razonamiento a la argumentación (Peter Lang, 2012) and The Essential Enthymeme (Peter Lang, 2015).

For more information on her work and contributions, contact her via e-mail or visit her profiles on LinkedIn, Academia, or Research Gate.


At UConn, Ruth actively served the graduate student community in different capacities. She was a member of the Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA) where she served as secretary (2014-2015) and vice-president (2015-2016). She also served as graduate senator from 2014 to 2017 representing the interests and needs of LCL graduate students at the Graduate Student Senate. In 2015, she also acted as Graduate Student Representative for the AAUP Marth Mentorship Award Committee.


Education & Certifications

  • 2021: Ph.D. in Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut (United States)
  • 2021: Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies, University of Connecticut (United States)
  • 2016: Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, University of Connecticut (United States)
  • 2015: M.A. in Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut (United States)
  • 2011: M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language & Culture, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • 2008: Teacher Qualification for Higher Education, ICSE – Universidad de Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain)
  • 2008: Certificate for Sworn Translator for English, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Spain
  • 2007: B.A. in Translation & Interpreting (English|French), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)