Ross Haenfler is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi. Growing up in the hardcore, straight edge, and punk rock scenes led him to a lasting interest in youth subcultures, social justice, and do-it-yourself politics. His interests revolve around how people pursue social change in their daily lives as part of lifestyle movements such as slow food, locally grown foods, voluntary simplicity, and green living.
While in graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he coauthored The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make a Big Difference, an action-oriented guide to creating a more just and sustainable world. Haenfler is also the author of Straight Edge: Clean Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change and Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subcultures, as well as chapters in Punkademics and Sober Living for the Revolution. His most recent book is called Subcultures: The Basics. He currently studies abstinence/virginity pledgers and how participants in youth cultures transition to adulthood. He has also led workshops on masculinities and feminism, transformative teaching, and social change in daily life. Haenfler has appeared in the documentary Edge: Perspectives on a Drug Free Culture and the National Geographic Channelís Inside Straight Edge.
An award-winning teacher, Haenfler includes social movements, deviance and youth subcultures, men and masculinities, and political sociology in his courses. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and backpacking, reading comic books, and moshing to obnoxious music in his living room with his partner, Jennifer, and daughters, River and Wren, at his home in Oxford, Mississippi.