Maria-Luisa Ruiz is a professor of French at Medgar Evers College of CUNY born in Paris but is of Spanish descent. Since 2009 she has been especially interested in understanding the notion of archetypes and the role of memory in the construction of identities at the individual and collective levels in works of contemporary Francophone women writers. Following these lines of analysis she has published papers on Gerty Dambury, Marie Ndiaye and Nina Bouraoui. She is also a yoga teacher and a meditation practitioner. In 2021 she obtained a certificate in “coaching the unconscious mind.” Currently she is continuing the exploration of the human psyche and perfecting meditative practices that can be helpful in higher education.