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, 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 pragmatist and interactionist theories. For a list of her publications, please visit her personal website:

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 a qualitative study of birth doulas in the Atlanta metropolitan area, which focuses on emotion, identity, and embodiment.



Representative Publications

  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Baptiste Brossard (eds). Forthcoming. Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic. Routledge
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2017. “Advancing the Sociology of Empathy: A Proposal” Symbolic Interaction

Last Updated: May 10, 2017