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Assistant Professor of Sociology


  • 2017 Ph.D. Sociology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2012 M.A. Sociology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2010 B.A. Sociology, University of Tampa

Research Interests

  • Theory
  • Political Sociology
  • Political Economy and Globalization
  • Social Stratification
  • Culture and Technology
  • Social Movements
  • Comparative-Historical Sociology



Recent Publications

Panageotou, Steven. 2018. “Corporate Power in the Twenty-First Century” in The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, edited by William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Panageotou, Steven. 2017. “Disciplining Greece: Crisis Management and its Discontents.” Review of Radical Political Economics. DOI: 10.1177/048661341770397.

Panageotou, Steven. 2017. “Beyond Welfare, Workfare, and Employment: For a Basic Income as a Constitutional Amendment” in Human Rights Of, By, and For the People: How to Critique and Change the US Constitution, edited by Keri E. Iyall Smith, Louis Edgar Esparza, and Judith R. Blau. New York: Routledge.

Panageotou, Steven. 2015. “No Democratic Theory Without Critical Theory.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture 14(2-3).

Panageotou, Steven, and Jon Shefner. 2015. “Crisis Management and the Institutions of Austerity: A Comparison of Latin American and Greek Experiences.” Comparative Sociology 14(3): 1-27.


Steven Panageotou is a critical theorist whose research interests lie at the intersection of the capitalist economy and democratic political system. His dissertation examines why democratic aspirations to realize a system of ‘rule by the people’ come to naught in the face of corporate political power. This entails reconceptualizing corporations as political actors and “franchise governments” that are part of the bio-political apparatus of American society. It also means that humans, through their consumptive and investment activity, provide the capital to corporations that they then use to consolidate their own political power. He has also researched the global factors that created the conditions for the Greek financial crisis, as well as the effects of austerity treatment on Greek people. He brings these research interests into the classroom where he challenges his students to think critically about their relationship to the social world.