April M. Ruiz

At Williams since 2018

I was the first in my family to go to college and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and the University of St. Andrews with a Ph.D. in Psychology. My academic research focused on social cognition in non-human primates, which allowed me to meet and mingle with monkeys in countries from Japan to Puerto Rico. I have taught both lectures and seminars, and my favorite course to teach was called “The Mind of a Dog.”

Before coming to Williams, I served as Dean of Grace Hopper College, one of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges. In that role I served as the primary adviser for over 400 students. I was also the Dean of First-Year Scholars at Yale, a summer program designed to enhance the transition to Yale for incoming first-generation and low-income students.

I have been fulfilled in building programs, community, and mentoring relationships with and for students, especially as these efforts have centered on the values of inclusion and equity. As Associate Dean of the College, I work to support students at all stages in their undergraduate education. I also oversee the First Generation Student Program.
Outside of my work with students, I love baking, internet memes, dogs, travel, and karaoke.