Ruth is interested in the interconnection between international relations, international law and how Canada’s leadership could use an interdisciplinary model based on economic and social statistics and qualitative interviews to make key decisions such as selecting Canada’s trade and international assistance partners.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC was the only school internationally that offered an interdisciplinary studies PhD program enabling me to study international law (through the law school), international relations (through the political science department) and political economy (through the economics department).
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Being an interdisciplinary scholar will make it more challenging for me to work in academia, as I am not a "pure" discipline researcher.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I spent eight years working overseas - in six countries - before deciding on the general realm of my PhD. I worked in Africa (Madagascar), the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), Asia (China and Taiwan), Latin America (Ecuador) and Australia (New Zealand) before I honed in on my need for a PhD as training for my career overseas in geopolitical strategy. It was a good decision for me to wait to start my PhD after my Master's degree so I could get international experience before returning to school.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I love to Salsa dance and horseback ride.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I encourage graduate students to apply for opportunities even if their ideas are not yet fully formed. Being a PhD student is a journey, and you don't have to have it all figured out before applying for opportunities.