Emily Ruppel

Emily Ruppel

Berkeley Espresso, 1900 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Research Interests
Gender, Labor and Organizations, Culture, Knowledge, Health and Disability

Emily Ruppel is a second-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) class dynamics in LGBTQ communities and b) the linked production of disability classifications and cultural notions of work within the vocational rehabilitation industry. 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 a B.A. in sociology from Smith College.


Karpman, H. E., Ruppel, E. H., & Torres, M. 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, E. H., Karpman, H. E., Delk, C. E., & Merryman, M. 2017. Online maternity information seeking among lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Midwifery, 48, 18-23. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.02.011.