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Skidmore College
Sociology Department

Ruth M. Hernández-Ríos


Ruth Hernández
Ruth Hernández

Office: Tisch Learning Center 225
Phone: (518) 580-8082


  • B.A., History and Spanish Literature, University of California San Diego
  • M.A., International Studies, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut


Ruth Marleen Hernández-Ríos is a sociologist committed to enacting social change through scholarship and teaching. Her research and teaching interests lie in the intersection of gender, international migration, and Latinx communities. Her current research project examines how Mexican migrant families create and maintain transnational ties via social justice theater and other cultural performances. Additionally, she is working on a project that explores how women use digital activism to spread awareness about PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).

Professor Hernández’s family history of migration – she was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and migrated to Los Angeles, California at the age of one – as well as her intersecting identities as a first-generation college graduate from a working-class background, has impacted how she mentor’s students, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds.


  • Sex, Sexualities, and Gender 
  • Latin America and Latinxs Communities
  • Health 
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Community Engagement Pedagogy and Service Learning


  • Femininities and Masculinities (SO 203W)
  • Introduction to Race, Class, Gender (SO 204W)
  • Sociological Perspectives (SO 101)
  • Latinx Communities (SO 251C)
  • Health and Inequalities- BIPOC Health Disparities (SO 351D)


  • 2021 - Hernández-Ríos, Ruth M. “They took a piece of my flesh”: transnational motherhood and activism in Tlaxcala, Mexico.” Pp. 363-371 in Handbook of Culture and Migration, edited by Jeffrey H. Cohen and Ibrahim Sirkeci. Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.


Desai, M., Aasaavari, A., Hernández-Ríos, R. M., Khan, K., Roy, R. “Writing on Self, Together: Collective Autoethnography as Praxis of Solidarity and Collective Care during the Pandemic.” in Global Feminist Autoethnographies During COVID-19: Displacements and Disruptions, edited by  M. Heath, A. Darkwah, J. Beoku-Betts, and B. Purkayastha. Routledge Press.