Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

  • Dr. Natalia Ruiz-Junco does research on interpretation, social interaction, culture and social change. She has the following research and teaching interests: classical and contemporary social theories; interactionist and interpretive theories; qualitative methods; self and society; identity; social movements; and the sociology of emotions. She has a long-standing interest in Spain, and more concretely, in Spanish and Latino mobilizations. Currently, she is working on a book on interactionist theory and the emotions.
  • Degrees

    PhD, University of Kentucky
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Near the Shakespeare panda

  • CAS - Sociology
  • Battelle Tompkins - T-13
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Scott Hunt. Forthcoming. “Identity” in Protest Cultures: A Companion. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. In press. “Stranger to You and Stranger to Myself? Theorizing Self-estrangement.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory 29:147-168
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. In press. “Losing Neutrality in Your Everyday Life:” Framing Experience and Activist Identity Construction in the Spanish Environmental Movement” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2011. “Santayana: Entering Into the Drama of his Social Thought.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction 36:137-160.
  • 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.     

Professional Presentations

  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Alan Dahl. 2011. “Mill Town Emotions: The Bread and Roses Mobilizations of 1912.” Presented at the plenary meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion, July 26-29, Kyoto, Japan
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2010. “Power, Emotions and Fieldwork in Two Latino Churches.” Presented at the Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Oct. 29-31, Baltimore, MD
  • Ruiz-Junco, Natalia. 2010. “Sympathy in Context: An Analysis of Emotion in Social Theory” Presented at the European Sociological Association Social Theory Conference “Controversies in Contexts” Sept. 9-11, Prague, Czech Republic