Anthropology & Sociology

West Chester University

Lisa C. Ruchti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology


I am passionate about my research and teaching, which center on the sociology of gender and transnational feminist theories. My scholarship uses ethnographic research and intersectional analyses to explain intimacy at work. I just published a book entitled Catheters, Slurs, and Pick Up Lines: Professional Intimacy in Hospital Nursing (February 2012 from Temple University Press). In it I introduce the concept "professional intimacy" to show how nurses negotiate care as part of social and economic life and how "being caring" changes according to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. I argue that intimate care is a form of professional labor that can and should be taught in nursing schools and reinforced at work through collective strategies.  To view or preorder my book, click the cover below.

I have also published on sexual harassment in the workplace and have presented on immigration, care ethics, intersectionality theory, and transnational feminisms. I currently teach Sociology of Gender; Gender, Labor, and Globalization; Feminist Theory; and Introduction to Women's Studies. I have a Ph.D. in Sociology with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati.


Curriculum Vita-2011

Courses Offered by Lisa Ruchti

  • Sociology of Gender (SOC 346, cross-listed with Women's Studies)
  • Gender, Labor, and Globalization (SOC 366, cross-listed with Women's Studies)
  • Sex and Society (SOC 362, cross-listed with Women's Studies)
  • Feminist Theory (WOS 405, cross-listed with Philosophy)
  • Women Today: Introduction to Women's Studies (WOS 225, IJW)

Areas of Interest


  • Gender and Intersectionality Theory
  • Transnational Carework and Intimacy
  • Ethnography and Qualitative Methods
  • Immigration
  • Violence