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Dr. Athena Smith was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece where she lived until she was seventeen. For her tertiary education she moved to England, and later the US. Upon completing her graduate studies from SUNY at Buffalo, she and her husband returned to live in Europe, first in Brussels, Belgium and then Athens, Greece. She taught for the University of Maryland extension programs in both countries while later she co-founded and ran the research company KYROS that dealt with European Union-funded research projects on communications and distance learning.  She returned to the US in 2003 where she taught International Relations  at the American Military University and Sociology at SPC and HCC. Currently she is a tenured professor of Sociology at HCC in Tampa where she teaches in traditional and online forms. She is a fervent supporter of distance learning and global curriculum. She has presented a number of papers in various conferences in the US and overseas and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She is also serving as editor in chief of the the journal African Journal of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism. Moreover she has  created the course "Introduction to Globalization" taught at HCC. She is fluent in English, Greek, French and Spanish. She is married and has three children. Her email is asmith12@hccfl.edu 


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