Mike Epitropoulos, PhD


2412 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


My interests are grounded – first and foremost – in teaching Sociology because I sincerely believe in the liberating power of the discipline. I teach a wide range of large lecture, writing intensive, and senior seminar courses. I have taught more than 200 courses in public and private universities in the U.S., Greece, and Cyprus, teaching in two languages. I have done so in the spirit of Public Sociology, which seeks to engage people from all spheres of society in a multiplicity of ways.

I have been honored for Excellence in Teaching by the students at Pitt through the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid (video link below) and Lambda Sigma.

My training and emphasis emanate from Political Economy and Marxist Class Analysis.  My current research projects focus on the global capitalist crisis in Greece and beyond.

I am the Director of the Pitt in Greece and Pitt in Cyprus study abroad programs.  I have an established record of successful study abroad programs, international educational consultancy, and program logistics.  Links to my programs’ multi-media projects are below for you to enjoy.

Finally, I am an elected member of the University Senate Athletic Committee, complementing my emphasis on Public Sociology, both inside and outside of the university.

Fields of Interest

  • Sociology of Development (Tourism)
  • Political Economy/ Political Ecology
  • State Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Globalization and Americanization

Teaching Excellence – Office of Admissions & Financial Aid



Pitt in Greece / Pitt in Cyprus Links




Look Book:

 Greece Look Book.pdf


Pitt in Greece: http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/greece

Pitt in Cyprus: http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/cyprussum


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Peace Movements and Peace Education
  • Societies
  • Contentious Politics
  • Wealth and Power
  • Political Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Pittsburgh Area Studies