Maximino Matus Ruiz was born in Mexico in 1977. After living in the Netherlands for a year as an exchange student in 1996, during which time he suffered from tremendous culture shock, he decided to become an anthropologist. He subsequently graduated with honors in 2004 as Social Anthropologist from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH) in Mexico City. For his bachelor’s degree thesis project he conducted field research in rural California and México and described the multiple transnational economic strategies used by indigenous Mixtec communities in response to their exclusion from formal economic institutions in Mexico and U.S. His thesis received high honors in a national contest organized by the Colegio de Michoacan (COLMICH) in 2005. In 2006 Matus Ruiz graduated with honors from a master’s degree program in Social Anthropology from the Centro de Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS-Occidente) in Guadalajara, México. For his master’s thesis he did field work in Los Angeles and México in order to study the commoditization of food in Oaxacan restaurants established by Zapotec indigenous migrants in Los Angeles County. After finishing his master degree, Matus Ruiz worked as researcher for a year in an innovation consulting firm in Mexico City and did free-lance field research for various governmental institutions and private companies in México and U.S. From 2006 -2009 he participated as a field researcher and analyst for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego (CCIS-UCSD). In 2008 Matus Ruiz started his PhD in rural Development Sociology at Wageningen University. During his PhD studies he did field research in Amsterdam, Madrid and San Francisco. In 2008 – 2009 he was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010 Matus Ruiz moved to Estonia and in 2011 he graduated with honors from the University of Tartu with a master’s degree in Semiotics. Between 2006 to 2011 Matus Ruiz taught various courses in transnational migration at ENAH-México. In 2011 he started to work as researcher in Infotec-CONACYT, México.



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