Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, PhD

Professor of Communication Studies

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, PhD is a Professor of Communication and director of the national award-winning oral communication program at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to Cal State LA, Dr. Ruiz-Mesa worked as a college bridge program director, retention advisor, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) researcher, and organizational trainer at Villanova University.

Dr. Ruiz-Mesa has published dozens of articles and book chapters on organizational communication and DEI and is the lead author of Inclusive Public Speaking. As a sought-after consultant and keynote speaker, she has advised organizational leaders across North America on creating more equitable workplaces and classrooms through inclusive communication.