Lester Edwin J. Ruiz is director of accreditation and global engagement with the Association of Theological Schools in the US and Canada. Prior to ATS he was professor of theology and culture and academic dean at New York Theological Seminary. Before NYTS, Ruiz was associate professor of political science at International Christian University in Tokyo, teaching peace and world order studies, international relations, and politics and culture. Ruiz is coeditor of a number of published works, including Re-Framing the International: Law, Culture, Politics, with Richard Falk and R.B.J. Walker, and has contributed to numerous journals and books. He is on the editorial committees of Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, the Journal of World Christianity, and Silliman Journal and is involved with transnational organizations including Churches Witnessing with Migrants, and the Global Forum of Theological Educators.