Richard Ruiz received degrees in French Literature at Harvard College and in Anthropology and Philosophy of Education at Stanford University. He was instructor and Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for nine years. He was Head of the Department of Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) in the College of Education of the University of Arizona from 1993 to 1999, and currently a professor in LRC. He served as interim Head of the Department of Teaching and Teacher Education from 2003 to 2007. He is recognized internationally for his research and scholarship in language planning and policy development, having worked in Mexico, Australia, Guatemala, Bolivia, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba and Curaçao), Israel, South Africa, Costa Rica, and native communities in the United States and Canada. He was editor of the Bilingual Research Journal for three years, and has served on the editorial boards of Urban Education, Teaching Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and theReview of Educational Research; he is currently Associate Editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. In 2000 he was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor by the Mexican Academy of Science. In June 2001 he was appointed Director of Social Justice of the American Educational Research Association. In 2004, he was selected as the Maria Urquides Laureate in the College of Education for his work in the benefit of children. In 2009, he was appointed Director of the Summer Language Planning Institute in Aruba for the purpose of facilitating the study and implementation of models for introducing Papiamento into Aruban schools.