Research Interests: Structural violence, transgenerational inequity and social stratification, Indigenous philosophy, race and gender, political sociology, minority health policy, sociology of law.
Elena Ruíz is an assistant professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the regenerative mechanisms behind institutional violence in social structures and their impact on women’s lives across generations, particularly for Indigenous women and women of color in the Americas. She uses comparative historical and qualitative methods to develop analyses that track the influence of understudied forms of social capital, such as epistemic wealth and interpretive resources, as vital components of social networks, studying the impact of violence done to these networks through group outcomes in medical, legal, and criminal justice systems. Her work has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and through cross-institutional collaborative grants from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.
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