I am interested in the construction of meaning in social life and in the interpretive dynamics of social action.

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.

I am currently involved in completing a research project on the new sociology of empathy. 

Women's Studies, Sociology
MA, University of Kentucky, Sociology
PhD, University of Kentucky, Sociology