C. Michael Elavsky

Media Studies

C. Michael Elavsky

Associate Professor

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  • Ethnomusicology
  • Postsocialism
  • International Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture


  • Ph.D.: University of Illinois
  • Master's: SUNY-Binghamton
  • Cambridge Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFLA)
  • Bachelor's: SUNY-Binghamton
  • Associate's: Broome Community College



An award-winning scholar and instructor, C. Michael Elavsky brings an extensive background of teaching, research and service experience to his position within the College of Communications. His scholarly  interests are centered on the global music cultural industries, music as cultural/political communication, social theory, media studies, new media, pedagogy, and postcommunist cultural studies.

He has published several journal articles (Popular Communication, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Learning, Media & Technology, etc.) and book chapters related to his research interests, and his manuscript Between the Bloc and a Hard Place: Postsocialist Identity, Pop Music, and the Politics of the Global Music Industry is currently in development.

He has taught at the university level in both the US and Europe since 1996  leading courses at both the undergraduate (International Communications, Comparative Media Systems, Political Economy of Communications, Media and Democracy, Popular Music as Communication etc.) and graduate levels (Cultural Industries, Ethnography in Communications Research, Cultural Theory, etc.)

He completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois in May 2005, during which he was also a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Czech Republic (2002-2003) and an editorial assistant for several academic journals (Slavic Review, Qualitative Inquiry, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, and Cultural Studies: A Research Annual).

In his past life, he was a touring musician, radio disc jockey, substitute teacher (K-12) and McDonald’s employee. Along with his scholarly endeavors, his energies are equally focused on being happily married and the father of three.



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Selected Publications:

Elavsky, C.M. (forthcoming). Working at the Factory (or why Teaching Matters Most in our Neoliberal Age). Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies. TBD.

Elavsky, C.M. (forthcoming) Empowering Ego-Activation through Technology Integration. In D. Knowlton & K. Hagopian (Eds.), Ego and Entitlement: Engaging Millennial Students in the Higher Education Classroom pp. TBD. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Kumanyika, C, Elavsky, C M. (2013) Microphone Czech, Keepin It Real: Negotiating Authenticity, “Good Problems”, and the Individualized Politics of Cross-Cultural Production for the Global Music Industry.  Popular Communication, 11(3).

Junco, R., Elavsky, C.M.& Heiberger, G. (2013). Putting Twitter to the Test: Assessing Outcomes for Student Collaboration, Engagement, and Success. British Journal of  
Education and Technology, 44(2), 273–287.

Elavsky, C.M. (2012) Czech Republic. In L. Marshall (Ed.), The International Recording Industries pp. 95-114.. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Elavsky, C. M., Mislan, C. & Elavsky S. (2011) When Talking Less is More: Exploring Outcomes of Twitter Usage in the Large-Lecture Hall. Learning, Media and Technology, 36(3), 215-233.

Elavsky, C. M. (2010). “Musically Mapped: Czech Popular Music as Second ‘World Sound.’” European Journal of Cultural Studies 14(1). 1–22.

Elavsky, C. M. (2009). “United as ONE: Live 8 and the Politics of the Global Music Spectacle”. Journal of Popular Music Studies.Volume 21, Issue 4, pp. 384-410.


C. Michael Elavsky
310 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802