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Associate Dean (Student Academic Affairs)

Associate Dean Victoria Ruetalo

Victoria Ruétalo

Associate Dean (Student Academic Affairs)


Victoria Ruétalo is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She was Associate Chair Graduate and helped to re-imagine, restructure, and implement revised degrees in the department. Many of the changes to the programs were motivated by improving the academic and cultural environment for graduate students.

Dr. Ruétalo researches Latin American popular films from the 1960s and 1970s. She has just completed a manuscript titled The Bó-Sarli Exploits in Affective Intimacy and is co-editor with Dolores Tierney of Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas and Latin America (Routledge, 2009). Her research looks into the role that popular cinemas play in dialoguing with and influencing social and political change.

Dr. Ruétalo enjoys watching movies, walking, practicing pilates, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.

Responsibilities as Associate Dean (Student Academic Affairs):

  • Working through student-related issues and specific cases

  • Representing FGSR on University committees

My advice to our graduate students:

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Find a mentor that gives you the space to try new ideas and be yourself.
  • Get to know the different faculty/ staff/students in your department/faculty/university because mentorship is tied to many people who can guide you along the way.
  • Give yourself time to enjoy what you are doing. 

Home Department:

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Associate Dean Ruetalo's faculty page at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

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