About Julie Rugg

I have worked at the University of York in the UK for over 30 years, and I research the ways in which cultures come to an accommodation with the dead. My principal area of interest is in cemeteries and the ways that these sites reflect religious belief, political imperatives and emotional need. My work is entirely interdisciplinary, and I've written on the history of cemeteries in the UK, on social justice and funeral practice, cemeteries in social policy, funeral heritage and cemetery tourism. I also edit a series of books on funeral practices across the world, and so I'm also interested in cremation and the newer technologies - woodland burial, alkaline hydrolysis and necro-composting. Death Studies is a rapidly growing academic area: its central concerns, naturally, carry deep resonance for us all.

Dr Julie Rugg is a Reader in Social Policy at the University of York, UK. She has an abiding interest in the ways in which societies come to an accommodation with mortality. The Cemetery Research website connects scholars with similar interests and in multiple disciplines from around the world.

Julie's website

NBN Episodes hosted by Julie:

Kristine M. McCusker, "Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent: Death Care, Life Extension, and the Making of a Healthier South, 1900-1955" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

March 2, 2024

Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent

Kristine M. McCusker
Hosted by Julie Rugg

Kristine M. McCusker's book Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent: Death Care, Life Extension, and the Making of a Healthier South, 1900-1955 (U Illinois…

Kami Fletcher and Ashley Towle, "Grave History: Death, Race, and Gender in Southern Cemeteries" (U Georgia Press, 2023)

January 11, 2024

Grave History

Kami Fletcher and Ashley Towle
Hosted by Julie Rugg

Kami Fletcher and Ashley Towle’s edited collection Grave History: Death, Race and Gender in Southern Cemeteries (University of Georgia Press, 2023), d…