Dr. Olena Leipnik


I am originally from Ukraine, received my university (bachelor and master) degree from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine, and a Doctoral degree (Kandidat Nauk) from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. I have been associated with Sam Houston State University in Texas since 2008.

Due to my multicultural background and professional experiences across the occupations and academic disciplines, my research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics and approaches. My major research foci are culture, power, and societal transformations, mainly those in the USA and the Post-Soviet countries. I also work on topics related to the media, humor, and childhood.

I am teaching undergraduate courses Principles of Sociology, Introduction to Ethnics Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Popular Culture, graduate online seminars Social Change & Development and Cultural Sociology, one of the four modules in a team taught Honors Seminar From Information to Decision: Coping with a Complex World, and participate in the Honors Seminar Film and Society.


Olena Leipnik has on-going research projects on popular culture, particularly ethnic humor and media representations of institutional power, on spatial & temporal factors in construction of identity, and on the social history of the Donbas region in Ukraine.

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