Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Natalia Ruiz-Junco Assistant Professor of Sociology
7030-H Haley Center
(334) 844-4000

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Natalia Ruiz-Junco is Assistant Professor of Sociology. Professor Ruiz-Junco, also known as NRJ, received her Master’s and PhD in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Her research areas are 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.

Professor Ruiz-Junco’s recent articles include “Identity” (with Scott Hunt) which is forthcoming in the edited volume titled 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; and “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. 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.

Last Updated: January 27, 2015