Michael Rueter, Ph.D., M.A.

Michael Rueter, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department


Ph.D. in Spanish, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. in Spanish, 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. in Spanish & Psychology, 1996, Millikin University


Dr. Michael Rueter received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught all levels of Spanish language and composition, as well as introductory literature courses. He specializes in medieval Spanish literature and the writings of the Moriscos, the crypto-Muslim population living in Spain during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Some of his research and teaching interests involve relations and exchange among the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities of medieval Iberia, as well as the problematic themes of 'convivencia' and 'reconquista.'


In addition, he regularly teaches courses on the culture and history of Spain, as well as on the literature of Medieval and Early Modern Spain. Rueter has also spent time living in Spain, where he studied abroad and taught English at the University of Murcia. He frequently returns to Spain for leisure and work, regularly leading a course to Morocco and Spain to explore the Muslim, Christian and Jewish legacies of those places, and another to the north of Spain to learn about and walk along the 1,200-year-old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.