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Dr. Athena Elafros

Dr. Athena Elafros

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Division of Basic & Applied Social Sciences
Phone: (315) 279-5612
Office: Hegeman Hall

Academic Credentials

McMaster University
Ph.D. in Sociology
Queens University
University of Toronto

Professional Interests

cultural sociology, sociological theory, qualitative methods, individual and society, race and ethnicity, diaspora, gender, deviance


Athena Elafros is a qualitative cultural sociologist who studies cultural production, popular music cultures and the formation of ethnic communities. Prior to joining Keuka College, she taught courses at McMaster University and Alfred University. Her research utilizes a Bourdieusian perspective in order to examine musical communities in Toronto, Canada and Athens, Greece. She received her doctorate in Sociology in 2011 from McMaster University, her M.A. in Sociology from Queen's University and her B.A. in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research was funded by a 2005-2009 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship and a 2008-2009 Category-C Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. She has presented her research at numerous associations including, but not limited to, the International Sociological Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Canadian Sociological Association.

She has published on a variety of subjects, such as hip hop culture, popular music magazines, and gay-straight alliances. Her peer-reviewed publications include an article with Poetics, Popular Music and Society, a co-authored article with the Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne de Sociologie and a forthcoming article with Cultural Sociology. Her research has also been published in Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music and Culture, edited by Mickey Hess, and she has a co-authored chapter in Race/Gender/Class/Media 3.0: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers, Third edition, edited by Rebecca Ann Lind.

Publications & Presentations

Elafros, A. (2013). Locating the DJ: Black Popular Music, Location and Fields of Production. Cultural Sociology, 7, 463-478.

Elafros, A. (2013). Greek Hip Hop: Local and Translocal Authentication in the Restricted Field of Production. Poetics, 41, 75-95.

Elafros, A. (2013). Mapping the Hip Hop Transnation: A Brief History of Hip Hop in Athens, Greece. In Sina A. Nitzsche and Walter Grünzweig (Ed.), Hip Hop in Europe: Cultural Identities and Transnational Flows (55-69). Berlin/Münster: LIT Verlag.

Adorjan, M. & Elafros, A. (2012). Conflict Diamonds, Globalization and Consumption: an Examination of Kanye West's Diamonds from Sierra Leone. In R.A. Lind (Ed.), Race/Gender/Class/Media 3.0: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers, Third Edition (280-284). New Jersey: Pearson.

Fetner, T., Elafros, A., Bortolin, S. & Drechsler C. (2012). Safe Spaces: Gay-Straight Alliances in High Schools. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne de Sociologie, 49, 188-207.

Elafros, A. (2010). 'No Beauty Tips or Guilt Trips:' Rockrgrl, Rock and Representation. Popular Music and Society 33, 487-499.

Elafros, A. (2007). Salt-N-Pepa. In M. Hess (Ed.), Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music and Culture, (193-216). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.

Upcoming Classes

Term Course Day Time
Spring 2015 SOC202.1: Deviance & Social Control TR 11:10 AM - 12:35 PM
Spring 2015 SOC202.2: Deviance & Social Control TR 1:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Spring 2015 SOC100.I: Sociology First Year Workshop -
Spring 2015 SOC101.1: Introduction to Sociology MWF 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM
Spring 2015 SOC407.1: Micro Social Theory: Mind,Self Society MWF 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM