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The teaching of Susana Ruiz, Ph.D. Play Design, Digital Storytelling, Art Practice, Media Activism & Pedagogy.


Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz

As a first-generation middle school, high school, and college graduate, I was fortunate to attend and earn my B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an institution with a radically progressive history founded on the belief that advanced education should be free. It was here that my nascent interest in community building conceptually merged with art practice, media-making, and humanities scholarship, thereby laying a foundation for research into creative embodied approaches to social problems.

I am an Assistant Professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I hold research, teaching, and service positions in several programs, including the Film and Digital Media Department, the Digital Arts and New Media Program, the Games and Playable Media Program, and the Social Documentation Program. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in art and media production, history, and theory. I also teach and co-teach workshops from time to time for other non-academic audiences. I advise and mentor undergraduate, M.F.A. and Ph.D. students. I hold an M.F.A. from the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. I also hold a Ph.D. from USC’s Media Arts + Practice Program, which has the mission to empower scholar-practitioners in the interpretation and design of experiences to communicate effectively and ethically in a world of ubiquitous media. And, I hold a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC.