Nora Ruck is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna.

RESEARCH

Disputing gender (2013-2016)

Disputing gender. Understanding how psychological gender research is used in public scientific controversies on gender in US-American media. Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (funded by the European Commission).

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TEACHING

Nora Ruck awarded Ars Docendi teaching award

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About Me

I am a psychologist with an additional academic background in cultural studies and feminist science studies. I received both my MA and my PhD in psychology at the University of Vienna and I have lived, studied, and conducted research in Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, the U.S., and Canada. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna, where I teach history of psychology and social psychology. I also coordinate the master program in psychology and co-coordinate the master program social psychology and psychosocial practice together with Katharina Hametner, Markus Brunner, and Markus Wrbouschek.

My research interests concern the relations between psychology and social inequalities and social movements. On the one hand, I am interested in the multiple ways in which social movements, e.g., the Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQ movements, and anticolonial liberation struggles, have altered our ways of understanding human experience and agency. On the other hand, I am trying to understand how psychology itself has contributed to reproduce and exacerbate social inequalities and oppression.

While my primary professional focus lies within academic psychology, I am also training to be a psychotherapist. Here, too, I am striving to bring together psychological change with social change, and I have learned a tremendous deal from organizations like “Hemayat – Support Centre for Survivors of War and Torture”, combining psychological counseling and psychotherapy with public education campaigns. I am always more than happy to volunteer in NGOs and other groups that bring together counseling or psychotherapy with social justice.