College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Ruth Chananie

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Sociology




PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007; MA, Middle Tennessee State University, 2002

Research Interests

Social movements, race, gender & sexuality, social psychology, qualitative methods, sociology of sport.

Selected Publications

Chananie-Hill, Ruth A., Shelly A. McGrath, and Justin Stoll. 2012. “Deviant or Normal? Female Bodybuilders’ Accounts of Social Reactions.” Deviant Behavior 33(10):811-830.

Chananie-Hill, Ruth A., Jennifer A. Waldron, and Natalie K. Umsted. 2012. “Third Wave Agenda: Women's Flat-Track Roller Derby.” Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal 21(1):33-49.

McGrath, Shelly A. and Ruth A. Chananie-Hill. 2009. “‘Big Freaky Looking Women’: Normalizing Gender Transgression through Bodybuilding.” Sociology of Sport Journal 26:235-254.

Chananie-Hill, Ruth A. 2008. Book Review. The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family, by Michael J. Rosenfeld (2007). Journal of Marriage & Family 70(3):832-833.

Chananie, Ruth A. 2005. “Psychopharmaceutical Advertising Strategies: Empowerment in a Pill?” Sociological Spectrum 25(5):487-518.

Chananie, Ruth A. 2005. “Janet Saltzman Chafetz: An Accidental Sociologist,” Pp. 245-268 in Portraits of Women Sociologists, edited by Pat Nation, Calvin Easterling, and Brenda D. Phillips. Island Park, NY: Whittier Publications.

Courses Taught

  • Development of Social Theories
  • Contemporary Sociological Theories
  • Social Movements 
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
  • Women, Men & Society


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