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Title/academic status: Professor

Sector: Sociology

Academic field: Gender and Social Theory

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Phone: 210-920-1787


Research interests:  Gender, sexuality and nationalism in media and other discourses; The body, borders and “the human”; Contemporary social theory

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Undergraduate Courses

Issues in Contemporary Social Theory

Gender and Contemporary Social Theory

Gender and Sexualities

Representations of Gender in the Mass Media

Graduate Courses

Gender, Discourse, Power

Contemporary Issues in Social Theory

Gender and Ethnicity: Contemporary Theoretical Approaches

Brief CV

Alexandra Halkias is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Panteion University, Athens, Greece. She has also taught at the University of California, San Diego, at San Diego State University and at the M.I.T. in Boston, USA. She has a Ph.D. in Communication, University of California, San Diego, a C.Phil. from the same and a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She currently is serving as Honorary Visiting Professor at the Media Discourse Center of De Montfort University of Leicester. She has served as Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Gender Studies of Stockholm University, and as Guest Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (AISSR), Programme Group on Care, Health and the Body. She has published numerous articles and books in Greek and international publications.  Her book The Empty Cradle of Democracy: Sex, abortion and nationalism in modern Greece was published by Duke University Press (2004) and translated into Greek (Alexandria Press 2007). She is also author of Emfyles Viaiotites (Gendered violences: power, discourse, subjectivities) (Alexandria 2011). She is co-editor, with Martha Michailidou, of a book on the social body and discourse (Katarti press-Dini 2005) and co-editor, with Anna Apostolelli, of a book on the politics of LGBT identities in Greece (Plethron Press, 2012).  Current research involves how nationalism newly intersects with historical notions of ‘the other’ at the site of gendered subjectivities in crisis.


Selected publications 


Halkias, Alexandra. 2011. Gendered Violences: Power, discourse, subjectivities. Athens, Greece: Alexandria Press. [in Greek] 183p.

Halkias, Alexandra. 2004. The Empty Cradle of Democracy: Sex, Abortion and Nationalism in Modern Greece. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 413p.

Articles in series, journals and volumes

Halkias, Alexandra. 2015. “Democracy and Greece-in-crisis: contesting masculinities take center stage,” DEP: Deportate, Esuli, e Profughe, Special Issue: A gender perspective on economic crisis and social change, Vol. 27:182-191. 

Halkias, Alexandra. 2012. “Alzheimer’s, national bankruptcy, and hegemonic masculinities in Greece.”  Medische Antrhropologie, Special Issue on Ethnography and Self-exploration, Tijdschrift over gezondheid en cultuur.  Vol. 24(1): 97-114.

Halkias, Alexandra. 2008. “Nationalism, Lipstick, and Kitchen Knives: Representations of power and society in the case of Vazirani” in Re-framing Representations of Women Susan, Shrifin ed.. Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing. 225-240.

Halkias, Alexandra. 2003. “Money, God and Race: The Politics of Reproduction and the Nation in Modern Greece.” The European Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol.10(2): 211-232.


Edited Books

Apostolelli, Anna, Halkias, Alexandra, eds.. 2012. The body, gender, sexuality: LGBTQ politics in Greece.  Athens, Greece: Plethron Press. [in Greek] 278p.

Michailidou, Martha, Halkias, Alexandra, eds.. 2005, 2006. The Production of the Social Body. Athens, Greece: Dini and Katarti Press. [in Greek] 284p.


Conference/meeting announcements

Halkias, Alexandra. Colloquium of the Program USVreact “Confronting sexual violence in the university: Institutional, educational and political challenges” [in Greek], Panteion University, February 9 2018. Talk at Roundtable on “The intersectionality of sexual and gendered violence.” Participation in Networking Discussion.

Halkias, Alexandra. “Dogs, humans and rocks: towards a critical relationality” [in Greek], Animalia: Human and non-human beings, Conference, Department of Sociology, Panteion University, November 9-10 2017.

Halkias, Alexandra. “Cultural biopolitics and the Anthropocene: Humans, non-humans and life as war.” Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the geopolitics of representation Symposium, University of Edinburgh, June 22-24 2017.

Halkias, Alexandra. “Radical left” Syriza and ANEL in Greece 2015: on men and nationalism as potent strategies of policing crisis.” Panel Title: Crises of (Im)Migration and Belonging. Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference, Policing the Crisis, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. June 2-4 2016. Chair of Panel: Theories of Cultural Studies/Policing Crises at the Margins.


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