Joseph W Ruane PhD

Joseph Ruane PhD

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Adjunct Instructor of Health Psychology


BA (St. Charles Borromeo Seminary)

MA (Temple University)

PhD (University of Delaware)

Research Interests

Occupations and Professions

Urban Issues and Policies


Politics and Health Care

Mental Health Policy


My life has been spent understanding and experiencing the awesomeness of the world around us, and wanting everyone to be able to enjoy life as equals in an ever changing universe. As a professor of sociology I am able to study the various cultures in society and the structures that support or hinder equality, and take what I have learned into the classroom to share with students. I am interested in the subtleties of socialization of various cultures living in the U.S., and how family cultures retain norms and values of previous generations in the face of dominant cultural values. I carry this interest in another way in looking at the changes in occupations over time, and the resistance to any change at the individual and organizational level. I see understanding these changes or resistance to change as the root to responding to the future as we live with uncertainty.

Selected Scholarly Activity

“Program Evaluation,” book chapter, co-authored with Susan Misturak,
R.N., M.A. in Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, 5e, edited by Marilyn Harris, JBH Publications, 2010.
“History of a BSU at a Professional Health Science University –Update” book chapter in
African Americans and Whites: Changing Relationships on College Campuses, edited by Robert M. Moore, III, University Press of America, 2006.
“Methodological Problems in Replication” with Nidhi Parikh in Sociological Viewpoints,
Spring edition, 2006
"History of a BSU at a Professional Health Science University," book chapter in The
Quality and Quantity of Contact Between African Americans and Whites on College Campuses, published by University Press of America: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.
"White Hands, Black Hands: Bridging the Gaps" Fall, Sociological Viewpoints, 1999.
"Whose Space is it Anyway?" in Sociological Abstracts, August, 21-25, p.580,1998

“Living and Working in an Increasingly Complex Society” at Pennsylvania Sociological
Society 59th Annual Meeting at Shippensburg University, October 24th, 2009.
“No News is Good News: Media Violence and Communicative Action” at Pennsylvania
Sociological Society 57th Annual Meeting at California University of Pennsylvania, October 27, 2007.
“The Problem of Abuse of Women by Male Clergy,” presented at Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Meeting, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, November 2001.
“Voluntary Non-Profit Boards in Crisis” presented at the 50th Pennsylvania Sociological Society, Annual Meeting, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, October,2000.
“Civility: Whose Community Norm?” presented at Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2000.
“Urban Sprawl: Can We Live With It?” presented at Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Meeting at Penn State University, October, 1999.
“School Vouchers: Politics or Solution?” presented at Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Meeting at Penn State University, October 1999.
"Whose Space is it Anyway?" presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 1998.
“Commoditization of Public Places,” presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, April, 1997.

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 210
Mailing address: Box 28
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8906

j [dot] ruane [at] usciences [dot] edu