Emily Ruppel

Emily Ruppel

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

Emily Ruppel is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in the political economic moorings of embodied identities, especially gender, sexuality, and disability. Her dissertation focuses empirically on job training programs for disabled workers, using historical research to trace the growth of this industry since the 1970s and ethnographic fieldwork to investigate contemporary labor practices. Other projects address class dynamics in LGBTQ communities, causal effects of social networks on health, and the co-construction of gender and autism in medical discourse. Her research has been funded by Policy Research, Inc. and recognized by the Disability in Society section of the American Sociological Association. She holds an M.A. from Berkeley and a B.A. from Smith College, both in sociology.


Ruppel, Emily H., Claude Fischer, Stephanie Child, & Marian Botchway. Forthcoming. “Distinct Aspects of Human Connection Associated with Subjective Well-Being.” Accepted for publication at SSM Mental Health.

Ruppel, Emily H., Stephanie Child, Claude S. Fischer, & Marian Botchway. 2022. “Causal Relationships between Social Networks and Health: A Comparison of Three Modeling Strategies.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 63(3):392-409. doi: 10.1177/00221465211072310.

Child, Stephanie, Emily H. Ruppel, Michelle Albert, & Leora Lawton. 2022. “Network Support and Negative Life Events Associated with Chronic Cardiometabolic Disease Outcomes.” American Journal of Preventative Medicine 62(1):21-28. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.06.022.

Child, Stephanie, Emily H. Ruppel, Mia Zhong, & Leora Lawton. 2021. “Direct and Moderating Causal Effects of Network Support on Sleep Quality: Findings from the UC Berkeley Social Network Study.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine 55(5):446-459. doi:10.1093/abm/kaaa082.

Ruppel, Emily H. 2020. “Turning Bourdieu Back Upon Sexual Field Theory.” Sexualities 25(5/6):546-562. doi:10.1177/1363460720976958.

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.