Merida M. Rúa

Professor of Latina and Latino Studies
Northwestern University

Mérida M. Rúa, a faculty member in the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, holds a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Before her appointment at Northwestern, Rúa was professor of Latina and Latino Studies and American Studies at Williams College. She is author of A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2012), editor of Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla (University of Illinois Press, 2011), and co-editor of Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies: A Reader (NYU Press, forthcoming). Her current research examines issues and themes at the intersection of aging and urban life, with particular attention to the daily lives and socio-spatial practices of older adult Latinas and Latinos in Chicago.