Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Natalia Ruiz-Junco


7060 Haley Center
(334) 844-5052
Personal web site


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

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Natalia Ruiz-Junco
Associate Professor of Sociology and Undergraduate Program Director

Ruiz-Junco works in the areas of social theory, social psychology, sociology of emotions, social movements, and qualitative methodology. Her numerous publications in these areas examine the topics of self, identity, emotion, empathy, and social interaction. She has a long-standing interest in interpretive and pragmatist theories. She is co-editor of Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic (Routledge, 2019), and of the Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism (Routledge, forthcoming). She is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Movement Studies. To learn more about her work, please visit her personal website:

Representative Publications

  • Brossard, Baptiste, and Natalia Ruiz-Junco. 2020. “On the Shoulders of Citers: Notes on the Organization of Intellectual Deference.” The Sociological Quarterly
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia, and Daniel R. Morrison. 2019. “Empathy as Care: The Model of Palliative Medicine.” Society
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia, and Baptiste Brossard. 2019. “Cooley and the Sociological Canon: An Enigmatic Case.” In Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic, edited by N. Ruiz-Junco and B. Brossard.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2017. “Advancing the Sociology of Empathy: A Proposal” Symbolic Interaction
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. 2011. “Autoethnography: The Sociological through the Personal.” 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.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2011. “Stranger to You and Stranger to Myself? Theorizing Self-estrangement.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory

Last Updated: October 01, 2020