Elena Gapova

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Elena Gapova
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-3483
3206 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Teaching interests: 
  • Social Inequality, Sociology of Gender, Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Cyberspace, Social Movements
  • Gender, class and nation in post-socialism
  • Gender and Nation in East/Central Europe
Research interests: 
  • Gender, class, nation building and intellectuals in post-socialism
  • The social impact of the internet
  • Russian/Belarusian culture and society

Dr. Elena Gapova is an affiliated faculty member of the global and international studies program at Western Michigan University and is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She was previously the founding director of the Centre for Gender Studies at European Humanities University.


Advising/consultancy/service to the profession:

  • Member, Editorial Board, The Slavic Review. Interdisciplinary Quarterly of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
  • Member, International Editorial Board, Signs. The Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Aspasia. International Yearbook of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History.
  • Consultancy and advising for UN Development Program; CARTI (Central Asian Research and Teaching Initiative); American Council for Learned Societies; Institute for Contemporary History (Potsdam, Germany).

Professional memberships:

  • ASA Section on Culture Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • Michigan Sociological Association
  • International Association for Humanities (IAH)
  • North-American Association for Belarusian Studies (NAABS)
  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)
  • Research Associate, CREES, University of Michigan

Awards and honors:

  • 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, Association for Women in Slavic Studies