Nicholas Alexiou received his M.A. degree in Sociology from Queens College, CUNY, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has taught in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College since 1990, and recently received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His fields of interest are ethnic studies, political sociology, social theory, social research and statistics, and issues concerning the Greek-American community. He has established the first Oral History Archive for the Greeks of New York and he is the Director of the Hellenic American Project, at Queens College, CUNY. A contemporary poet and artist as well, he is the author of five books of poetry, and many of his poems have been published in Greek and American journals and anthologies. He is a visiting faculty member and teaches in the General Education program.