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 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, 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. He 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 forthcoming book is called Subcultures: The Basics.
Haenfler currently studies abstinence/virginity pledgers and how participants in youth cultures transition to adulthood. He has led workshops on masculinities and feminism, transformative teaching, and social change in daily life. He has appeared in the documentary Edge: Perspectives on a Drug Free Culture and the National Geographic channel's Inside Straight Edge.
An award-winning teacher, his courses include social movements, deviance and youth subcultures, men and masculinities, and political sociology. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking in places such as Peru, Iceland, and Alaska. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his partner, Jennifer, and daughter, River.