Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Angela Ragusa

PhD, MA Science and Technology, MS Sociology (Virginia Tech), BA(Hon) Psychology (St Francis College)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Albury / Wodonga
Building 763, Office 110


Angela is a senior lecturer in sociology at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. Born and raised in New York City, she completed a PhD (Sociology) and two Masters (Sociology and Science & Technology Studies) degrees at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA and a BA (Honours, Psychology) from St Francis College in Brooklyn NY. Prior to academia Angela worked at JP Morgan, the United Nations Children's Fund and several law firms. Having taught sociology, psychology, politics and science and technology studies at the university-level since 1997, she migrated to Australia in 2002 and has since been employed at four Australian universities (CSU, Griffith, University of New England, Queensland University of Technology).

Author of 3 books, two edited collections, Rural lifestyles, community well-being and social change: Lessons from country Australia for global citizens, and Interaction in Communication Technologies & Virtual Learning Environments: Human Factors and one sole-authored social science research book titled, Writing for the social sciences, Angela has extensive writing and editing experience and also is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Rural Society: Journal of global research into rural social problems and sustainable communities.

This journal welcomes disciplinary and multidisciplinary research exploring social, environmental, political, and cultural research examining rural societies: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rrso20/current#.VJIAftKUc1Y

Angela has been awarded four competitive research fellowships from the Institute for Land, Water, & Society and the Faculty of Arts and has held several senior roles including Associate Head of School (Humanities & Social Sciences), Committee Chair (School Research Committee, University Sustainability Graduate Learning Outcomes, Campus Environmental Committee), Sociology Discipline Coordinator, Course Coordinator BA(Honours) and Sociology BA(Honours), and has served as a Member on several committees (Sustainability Advisory Group, Faculty Research & Graduate Studies Committee, University Scholarship Committee, Ally Train-the-Trainer GLBTIQ Program Leader, and the Wagga Wagga City Council Environmental Advisory Committee).

Australian teaching experience

  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Community Analysis
  • Environment & Society
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Introduction to Politics & Policy
  • Media, Communication & Globalisation
  • Science in Society
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Theory
  • Gender, Family and Society

International teaching experience

  • Deviant Behavior
  • Gender Relations
  • Gender & Science
  • Individual in Society
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Research Methods


As an interdisciplinary researcher, Angela applies a sociological lens to explore multiple social science research areas, often with collaborators in natural sciences, mental health, communication and media studies, cultural studies and/or social work and has received several research grants. Broad areas of research interest are:

  • Social Change, Problems & Inequality - Class, Gender, Culture & Sexuality -- institutional (macro), individual (micro) and meso-level analyses
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Environmental Sociology and Critical Animal Studies
  • Sociology of Science & Technology - History, Knowledge & Power
  • Political Sociology, Social Movements & Social Control

Recent research topics include:

  • Environmental & community change – water & air quality, demographic change (tree-change, suburbanisation, in/out migration), degradation, rurality
  • Organisational & individual health/well-being – life and workplace satisfaction, depression, violence, bullying
  • Educational technologies & communication – distance education, mediated social interactions
  • Media & cultural analysis – media representation of animals, environmentalism, sustainability, culture, sexuality and gender

As a qualitative and quantitative researcher, key methods utilised include discourse analysis, content analysis, focus groups, interviews, secondary data analysis and comparative social history.

Serving as primary supervisor of several PhD and honours students, Angela enjoys helping her research students get academically published. Recent exemplars of student research projects resulting in publications are:

  • Ragusa, A.T. & Kime, K. (2016). Back to country? Socio-cultural identity and the relationship between revering and re-fashioning landscapes and people, Fusion: Land Dialogues – Interdisciplinary research in dialogue with land, 10, 453-461.
  • Ragusa, A.T. & Ward, O. (2016). Caught in the web: Male Goths using online ICTs to transcend rural reality, Communication, Politics and Culture, 49(2), 1-24.
  • Ragusa, A.T. & Groves, P. (2015).  Stigmatisation and the social construction of bullying in Australian administrative law: You can't make an omelette without cracking an egg, University of New South Wales Law Journal, 38(4), 1507-1528.
  • Ragusa, A.T. & Bousfield, K. (2015). It's not the test, it's how it's used! Critical analysis of public response to NAPLAN and My School Senate Inquiry, British Journal of Sociology of Education.
  • Bousfield, K. & Ragusa, A.T. (2014). A sociological analysis of Australia's NAPLAN and My School Senate Inquiry submissions: The adultification of childhood? Critical Studies in Education, 1-16.
  • Groves, P. & Ragusa, A.T. (2012). Gendered meritocracy? Women senior counsels in Australia's legal profession.  Australian Journal of Gender and Law, 1.
  • Aaron, D. & Ragusa, A.T. (2011). Policy implications of gay men's workplace experiences: public service employees in Australia's capital, Canberra. Policy Studies, 32(6), 615-630.

Professional activities

  • Faculty of Arts and Education, BA Honours Program, Course Coordinator (2006-2011); Program Leader (2012-present)
  • Sociology Discipline Coordinator, CSU (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Faculty of Arts and Education, Academic Research Officer (2012-present)
  • H&SS School Research Committee, Member (2005-present), Presiding officer (2012-present)
  • Institute for Land, Water & Society (ILWS) Research, Acting Leader, Demographic Change Integration Group (2007- 2009), Management Committee (2007-2010), Member (2005-present), Strategic Research Area (Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change) Member (2012-present)
  • Wagga Wagga City Council Environmental Advisory Committee, member (2011)
  • Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award, International Judge (2010)
  • CSU Wagga Campus Environmental Committee, Member (2009), Presiding officer (2010-present)
  • Department of Water, Environment, Heritage & the Arts (DEWHA), specialist expert (2009)

Recent research student supervision

Eileen Clark2021-2023Beechworth psychiatric hospital & public sociologyPhDSociology
Daniel Lander2017-2019Science communication & anti-vaccination
(co-supervisor Andrea Crampton)
Kim Nelson**2015-2019Tourism and identity in Japan
(co-supervisor Rosemary Black)
Kellie Bousfield**2015-2020Social class & educational testing(co-supervisor Andrea Crampton)PhDSociology
2011-2013NAPLAN & Adultification
(Principle Supervisor)
Hons H1 
Karen Kime 2014-2018 Wise-Practice in Foster Care of Indigenous Children
(co-supervisor Bill Anscombe)
PhD Social work
Philip Groves** 2009-2017  Workplace bullying, compensation & arbitration(co-supervisor Andrea Crampton)  PhD Sociology
2007-2008 Women judges & senior barristers
(Principle Supervisor)
Hons H2a Sociology
Gina Lennox 2009-2013 Drive in, drive out farming
(Co-supervisor with Allan Curtis, CSU & Bob Farquharson, University of Melbourne)

Environmental Science

David Aaron** 2008-2009 Workplace discrimination & Gay Public Servants (Principle Supervisor) Hons H1 Sociology
2012-2013 Male Goth culture in rural Australia (Principle Supervisor) Hons H1 Sociology
Thomas Holden** 2006-2007 Representations of Landcare in The Age (Principle Supervisor) Hons H1 Sociology
*=Honours scholarship awarded;  **=APA scholarship;
=CRC scholarship;  =Indigenous Academic Fellow


  • Institute for Land, Water & Society Research Fellowship, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
  • Vice Chancellor's Individual Award for Excellence in Sustainability, 2013
  • CSU DVC (Academic) Special Studies Program, 2009
  • CSU DVC (Research) Award of Acknowledgment, 2007
  • Who's Who in the World, Biography Citation #30010278, 2007-2013
  • Who's Who Among Scientists & Engineers, 2006
  • Who's Who Among American Women, 2003
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, 1995-2002
  • National Collegiate Medical Professions Award, 2000
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1997-2002
  • Duns Scotus Honor Society, 1993
  • Who's Who Among Universities and Colleges, 1990-1993
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society, 1991-1992
  • Presidential Scholarship, 1989-1993
  • St. Francis' Dean's List, 1989-1993
  • New York State Regents Scholarship, 1989

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