Dr. Rafael Reyes-Ruiz

Associate Professor

B.A.     California State University, 1986. 
Ph.D.   New School for Social Research, New York, 2001.

Year Joined Zayed University: 2004

Affiliations & Collaboration:

  • Research Associate, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2003–present.

Rafael Reyes-Ruiz is an anthropologist, specializing in transnational flows between the Americas and Japan. His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited books, short stories in academic and literary magazines, and two versions of a novel, one in English, one in Spanish. His creative work also includes the direction and production of a documentary on the Latin American community in Japan. He is the editor of Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, a periodical he co-founded in 2009.


Dubai Campus, CL1-011


+9714 4021314

Teaching Areas

Cultural Theory, Globalization, Cultural Studies, Visual Anthropology, Japan, Latin America. 

Research and Professional Activities

1) Editor of Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society. Responsibilities include making all editorial and administrative decisions.

2) Editorial Committee, Zayed University Press.

3) Member of the Editorial Board, “New Trends in Globalization” series, Palgrave Macmillan, April 2010.

4) Member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, April 2010.

5) Member of the Editorial Board, Antipoda: Revista de Antropologia y Arqueologia, (Journal of Anthropology and Archeology), Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

6) Research Associate, The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS). University of California, San Diego. 2003-present.

Research Focus: Social and cultural theory, Transnationalism, Cultural Studies, Latin America, Japan.

My Publication:

The Ruins. Latin American Literary Review Press, Pittsburg, PA, 2014


“Negotiating Latino Social Space in Japan.” Asian Journal of Latin American Studies. Vol. 26, No 4, 2013, pp 1-18.


“El Ámbito Cultural Latino en Japón.” Crítica Contemporánea. Revista de Teoría Política. Vol. 1, No 2, 2012, pp. 1–16.


Engaging Otherness (Encounters, No. 1), Dubai, UAE: Zayed University Press, 2008, 2009 (reprint).