Emily Ruppel

Emily Ruppel

Research Interests
Medical Sociology, Labor and Organizations, Gender, Culture, Knowledge

Emily Ruppel is a third-year doctoral student in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research investigates the political economic moorings of embodied identities, particularly gender, sexuality, and disability. Current lines of work address: a) labor practices within job training programs for people with disabilities and b) class dynamics in LGBTQ communities. She has worked as a research assistant on projects about the social determinants of health, the family formation experiences of LBQ women, the evolution of women’s studies as an interdisciplinary field, and the history of federal credit programs. She holds an M.A. from Berkeley and a B.A. from Smith College, both in sociology.


Karpman, Hannah E., Emily H. Ruppel, & Maria Torres. 2018. “It Wasn’t Feasible for Us”: Queer Women of Color Navigating Family Formation. Family Relations 67(1):118-131. doi:10.1111/fare.12303.

Ruppel, Emily H., Hannah E. Karpman, Carolyn E. Delk, & Mallory Merryman. 2017. Online Maternity Information Seeking among Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women. Midwifery 48:18-23. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.02.011.