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Ruth MacKay is a historian with special expertise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and a former journalist. She has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a lecturer. Dr. MacKay worked as a writer and editor for Stanford University, where she was also a visiting scholar. She has published three books on various aspects of early modern Iberia as well as a wide range of academic articles. Dr. MacKay lived in Spain during the 1980s, the famed “transition to democracy” -- a subject she also has written about -- and she returns often to conduct research and visit her former home.