Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Natalia Ruiz-Junco


7030-H Haley Center
(334) 844-4000


  • Ph.D, sociology, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., sociology, University of Kentucky

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Natalia Ruiz-Junco
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ruiz-Junco, also known as NRJ, researches social psychology, social theory, and social movements. Her work focuses on the topics of self, identity, emotion and social interaction. She has a long-standing interest in interactionist and interpretive theory and qualitative methods. She has studied social movements in Spain and the United States.

She is a member of the Publications Committee of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), and serves as the sociological theory editor of the American Sociological Association’s TRAILS. In the fall of 2013 she was the invited speaker of the George Herbert Mead Lecture Series at the National Communication Association (NCA) meetings.

Representative Publications

  • “Identity” (with Scott Hunt) published in Protest Cultures: A Companion
  • “Feeling Social Movements: Theoretical Contributions to Social Movement Research on Emotions” (2013) published in Sociology Compass
  • “Stranger to You and Stranger to Myself? Theorizing Self-estrangement” (2011) published in Current Perspectives in Social Theory
  • “Santayana: Entering into the Drama of his Social Thought” (2011) published in Studies in Symbolic Interaction
  • “Losing Neutrality in Your Everyday Life:” Framing Experience and Activist Identity Construction in the Spanish Environmental Movement” (2011), published in The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • “Autoethnography: The Sociological through the Personal” (2011) (with Salvador Vidal-Ortiz) published in New Directions in Sociology: Essays on Theory and Methodology in the 21st Century

Last Updated: April 19, 2016