Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Natalia Ruiz-Junco


7030-H Haley Center
((334) 844-4000
Personal web site


  • 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 Dr. NRJ, works in the areas of social theory, social psychology/microsociology, and social movements, focusing on the topics of self, identity, emotion and the interpretive dynamics of social action. She has a long-standing interest in interpretive social theories—pragmatist, interactionist, phenomenological—and their combination with critical approaches. Dr. Ruiz-Junco serves as the sociological theory editor of the American Sociological Association’s TRAILS.

Currently, Dr. Ruiz-Junco is engaged in two research projects. One is the study of Charles H. Cooley’s social theory and relationship to Sociology. The other is the study of birth worlds and doula work in the Atlanta metropolitan area. To learn more about her research, please visit her personal website:

Representative Publications

  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Baptiste Brossard (eds). Forthcoming. Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic. Routledge
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2016. “In Search of Lost Mead” Contemporary Sociology
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2016. “The Persistence of the Power Deficit? Advancing Power Premises in Contemporary Interactionist Theory.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Scott Hunt. 2016. “Identity” in Protest Cultures: A Companion. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2013. “Feeling Social Movements: Theoretical Contributions to Social Movement Research on Emotions” Sociology Compass 7:45–54
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2011. “Losing Neutrality in Your Everyday Life:” Framing Experience and Activist Identity Construction in the Spanish Environmental Movement” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40:713–733.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2011. “Stranger to You and Stranger to Myself? Theorizing Self-estrangement.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory 29:147-168.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. 2011. “Autoethnography: The Sociological through the Personal.” Pp. 193-211 in New Directions in Sociology: Essays on Theory and Methodology in the 21st Century edited by Ieva Zake and Michael DeCesare. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers. [first author]

Last Updated: January 10, 2017