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.
Classes Taught: Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Popular Culture, Graduate Online Seminars in Social Change & Development and Cultural Sociology
Research Interests: Culture and Societal Transformations; Popular Culture; Spatial & Temporal Factors in Construction of Identity, Social History of the Donbas Region in Ukraine.
- Leipnik, Olena. 2015. The Elderly as a Force for Civil Urban Activism in Ukraine. Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Kerstin Jacobsson. Stockholm: Ashgate 79-98.
- Leipnik, Olena. 2015. Special Offices: On Public Display of Special Parenthood. Disability & Society, Vol. 30, No. 8 1287-1290.
- Leipnik, Olena and Serhiy Kyrychenko. 2012. The Public Utilities War and Corruption in Ukraine.
- Grytsay, Olena, and Milana Nikolko. 2009. Ukrainian National Identity: Reflection in the mirror of "The Other". Vilnus, Lithuania: CASE Pp 220.