Ruth entered the doctoral program in 2008. Ruth received her B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy at Vassar College (2004) and her M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University (2008). Ruth’s master's thesis, "Armies of Metaphors: Nietzsche, Truth, and Violence," examined Friedrich Nietzsche's essay, "Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinne," as lens through which to read the relationship between truth and violence in philosophical, literary, and political discourses. Ruth's current research interests include: Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Romanticism, early twentieth-century literature, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and trauma studies. Ruth’s dissertation project, "Displaced Battlefields: Sigmund Freud and the Reading of War Zones" engages in a close analysis of Freud's wartime writing in the attempt to map Freud's thinking 'on' and 'at' war as well as his understanding of the violent, conflictual nature of human experience. In 2010, Ruth was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences "Outstanding Teaching Award." In Fall 2011, Ruth received the position of "Visiting Instructor of Humanities" at Bard College, where she teaches courses in Philosophy and First Year Seminar.