Born in Alexandria Egypt of Greek parents, Dr. Joanna Hadjicostandi, is an Associate
Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in Odessa, TX,
USA. She has earned her BA in Sociology at Greenwich University, London, England,
and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Her multifaceted research interests in International Development and Migration, Gender,
Race, Ethnicity, Social Class and Drug Use and Abuse has been published in many
prestigious journals and presented in numerous national and international conferences.
Her working knowledge of Arabic, Greek, English, Italian and French, and progressive
learning of Spanish has helped her through her extensive travels and research. Her
research in progress includes oral histories of the Black community in Odessa/Midland
and the influx of refugees in Europe and especially Greece.
Dr. Hadjicostandi was the recipient of several awards including, the UTPB President’s
Outstanding Service Award, the UT System Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teacher
Award, the UTPB President’s Award for Student Success and the UTPB La Mancha
Research Award. She is also involved in professional, student and community
organizations locally, nationally and internationally.