Meet the Faculty

Our outstanding faculty of experienced academics are leaders in their field. The majority hold doctorates and many have authored important publications. The CYA faculty get high praise from their students who especially appreciate the opportunities that small-sized classes give for getting to know and to interact with their instructors.

Cameron Afzal

Visiting Professor Summer 2018

Ph.D. Columbia University
Professor of Religion
Associate Dean of the College, Sarah Lawrence 2015-2017

Paschalis Aganidis

PhD Cand. (U of Athens)

Paschalis Aganidis holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Crete and an MA in European and International Studies from the University of Athens. His research interests center around European political economy. He is currently pursuing his PhD studies at the University of Athens where he focuses on the role of policy ideas in structural state reforms.

He has been teaching economics and European institutions since 2009.

His professional career includes work as a business consultant in the private sector as well as extensive experience as public policy advisor at various governmental institutions. His professional expertise is in the area of public policy, strategic management and policy change. As an active member of his professional community he participates in conferences and enjoys writing articles. The topic that are dear to his heart include issues of intergenerational justice. He was member of the scientific council of the Greek netroot movement G700-Generation 700euros, a social group awarded by the European Parliament (2008) with the European Citizens' prize.


Alexandra Alexandridou

D.Phil. (U of Oxford)

Dr. Alexandridou received a B.A. in archaeology from the University of Athens, and a D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She taught Greek Archaeology as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the University of Reading.

In 2009 she taught Classical Archaeology at the Universities of the Peloponnese and Crete, while from 2010 to 2013, she was part of the academic personnel of the Open University of Cyprus.

Since 2013 and until today, she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre of Archaeology and Heritage (CReA) of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (F.R.S-FNRS). Her scholarly interests focus on Early Iron Age and early Archaic Greek pottery, the contemporary funerary practices and the social history of Attica. Her doctoral thesis, which has been published by Brill, is a contextual study of the early black-figured pottery of Attica aiming at a better understanding of archaic Attic society. She has published numerous articles, presented at conferences, and participated in archaeological excavations of the University of Thessaly at Skiathos and Kythnos.

Angeliki Anagnostopoulou

MA (U of Birmingham)

Angeliki Anagnostopoulou (BA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Arts, 1995, MA University of Birmingham, School of Antiquity, 1998) has taught Modern Greek since 1997 including a period at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas, in Madrid, Spain and at the Phonie-Graphie in Paris, France, where she used theatrical techniques to encourage students' spoken Greek.

She has also translated numerous tourist guides, as well as two books, and has worked in Greek Childrens' Museums as an animator of educational programs. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian and she is now in her second year of Ph.D program in Comparative Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Evangelia Chatzikonstantinou

PhD (NTUA, Greece)

Dr. Evangelia Chatzikonstantinou is an Architect (AUTH, Greece) with a MA in Urban and Regional Planning (NTUA, Greece) and a PhD in Urban History (NTUA, Greece). She received her PhD in 2014 with a fellowship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation.

Her PhD thesis examines mobility infrastructure planning and construction in Greece and analyzes the socio-spatial dynamics that made roads in the longue durée the most important symbols of Greek modernization. Her current research focuses on the transformations of Athens in the context of the crisis.

Her main research interests include urban development processes, socio‐spatial inequalities, environmental planning and urban policies. She has recently conducted a research project about the emerging geographies of energy poverty and social inequalities in Athens that was funded by John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. She has also participated in several research projects at the Urban Environment Lab NTUA, has worked at the Organization for the Regulatory Plan of Athens, as an Assistant Lecturer at NTUA, and as a Lecturer at the Plato Academy Educational Program of the University of Athens.

Ioli Christopoulou

PhD (Tufts U)

Ioli Christopoulou received a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and an MA and PhD in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The title of her dissertation is "Creating a Sustainable Europe: The Role of the European Union Structural Funds".

Since 2005, she has been working at the World Wide Fund for Nature-Greece (WWF-Greece) developing WWF’s positions on environmental policy issues, and, monitoring, among others, the impact of the EU’s structural funds, the implementation of environmental law and the effectiveness of the protected areas system in Greece. Currently, she is the Nature Policy Officer of WWF Greece, a position that allows her to partake in the constantly evolving world of global, European and national environmental politics. Dr. Christopoulou is also alternate member of the Greek Board of MEDASSET, the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles.

Steven Diamant

PhD (U of Pennsylvania)

Steve Diamant has been a member of the CYA faculty since 1977. His teaching and research interests include Aegean and Anatolian pre-history, Classical archaeology, and Greek history. He has taken part in excavations at Franchthi Cave, at Thera, and in Cyprus and Turkey.

He has also functioned as Summer School Director of the American School of Classical Studies, where he is also Senior Research Associate.

His publications range over a number of topics on Greek and Anatolian prehistory and Classical history.

Angeliki Dimitriadi

Angeliki Dimitriadi

PhD (Democritus U. of Thrace)

Angeliki Dimitriadi studied International Relations &History at the London School of Economics (1999-2002) and obtained her MA in War Studies from King’s College London (2002-2003).

She was awarded with distinction her PhD in Social Administration from Democritus University of Thrace (2009-2012), which was partially realized with a scholarship from the Leventis Foundation.

Her research interests lie in the field of irregular & transit migration from South and Southeast Asia, the securitization of migration and asylum policies, as well as gender issues &social inclusion. She has contributed in researches and studies on social policy issues and has previously worked on the submission and management of European funded projects and initiatives.

Thanos Dokos

PhD (Cambridge)

Thanos P. Dokos received his PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University and has held research posts at the Hessische Stiftung Friedens und Konfliktforschung (1989-90) and the Center for Science and International Affairs (CSIA) at Harvard University (1990-91).

He is currently the Director-General of ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy).

Previously he served as the Director for Research, Strategic Studies Division, Hellenic Ministry of National Defence (1996-98) and as an Advisor on NATO issues to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-1999). He was a NATO research fellow for 1996-98. He has taught at the Universities of Athens and Piraeus, the Hellenic National Defense College, the Diplomatic Academy and the Hellenic National Security School.

His research interests include global trends, international security, Greek-Turkish relations & Mediterranean security. Recent publications include: ‘The Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region in 2020’, German Marshall Fund, 2011; ‘Energy developments and Greek foreign policy’ (with Theodore Tsakiris), ELIAMEP Policy Papers, February 2012; ‘The evolving security environment in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is NATO still a relevant actor?’, Journal of Southeast European & Black Sea Studies, December 2012; “Greece can still be a geopolitical asset for the EU’, Europe’s World, Summer 2013; “The Geopolitical Implications of Sino-Greek Relations”, The Clingendael Asia Forum, July 2013; “Iran’s Nuclear Propensity: the Probability of Nuclear Use”, EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, March 2014; “How the EU Got it so Wrong in Ukraine”, Europe’s World, April 2014.

Eleni Fassa

PhD (U of Athens)

Eleni Fassa studied at the Universities of Athens and Exeter. She holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Athens (2011); her thesis concerned the foundation and organization of the Sarapis cult in Alexandria during the early Ptolemaic period.

Her research interests focus on the epigraphic evidence of religious ideas and practices in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic and Roman period. She also has a MA in Ancient Drama (Hons) from the University of Exeter, UK and has a BA in Classical Philology from the University of Athens, Greece. Read her full CV here.

Romolo Gandolfo

MPhil (Yale U)

Romolo Gandolfo was born and raised in Italy and has studied Political Science (BA, University of Milan), International Relations (MA, Yale University), and History (M Phil, Yale University).

His main research interests lie in the field of migration history and ethnic studies, about which he has written extensively and also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in Italy and in Argentina.

Shortly after settling in Athens in 1990, Mr. Gandolfo became the editor-in-chief of the English-language newspaper Athens News. For seven years, day after day, his challenge as a non-Greek was to explain Greek politics and society to a sophisticated, cosmopolitan readership. In this task he was greatly helped by several good journalists, and by the fact that he could meet and share thoughts with local politicians, diplomats, businessmen, trade unionists, religious leaders, intellectuals and artists, as well as with countless Greeks from all walks of life.

Currently, he is editor-in-chief of, an online observatory on migration and refugee issues in Greece; the site was launched in 2002 with funds from the European Union and is carried out by the Lambrakis Research Foundation. He is also Director for International Affairs at Lambrakis Press, Greece's largest news publishing group. Professor Gandolfo is an avid trekker (both in Greece and in the Himalayas) and has had a longstanding academic and personal interest in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Eve Geroulis

Visiting Professor Summer 2018

MSA Northwestern University
Director, MSIMC Program Senior Lecturer Loyola University Chicago.

Edward M. Harris

PhD (Harvard U)

Most recently Professor Harris has been the Head of Department, Classics and Ancient History, Durham University (2008-9, a Research Professor of Greek History at the University of Durham (2010-3), and Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Durham (2013-now).

He also was the Directeur d’Études, École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, in May 2011 and Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Edinburgh University.

His Publications (books only):

Aeschines and Athenian Politics, Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford, 1995 edited with R. Wallace, Transitions to World Power in the Greco-Roman World 360-146 B.C., University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK. 1996. edited with L. Rubinstein, The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece. Duckworth, London, 2004. Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens: Essays on Law, Society, and Politics in Classical Athens. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York 2006. Demosthenes 20-22 in The Oratory of Classical Greece, ed. Michael Gagarin. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX 2008. edited with G. Thür, Symposion 2007: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte. Vienna 2008 edited with D. Leao and P. J. Rhodes, Law and Drama in Ancient Greece. Duckworth, London 2010. The Rule of Law in Action: The Nature of Litigation in Classical Athens. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York 2103. edited with David Lewis and Mark Woolmer, Beyond Self-Sufficiency: Markets, City-States and Households, forthcoming Cambridge University Press.

Over one hundred essays either published or forthcoming.

Despina Iosif

PhD (U College London)

Despina Iosif is a historian of theology. She received a BA in History and Archaeology and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Crete and a PhD in Early Christianity from University College London. She conducted her post-doc on Late Antiquity at the University of Thessaly and research on Monotheism at the Fondation Hardt in Geneva.

Among her academic publications are the following books: Early Christian Attitudes to War, Violence and Military Service, (Gorgias Press, 2013), Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla, (Katarti, co-authored with M. Triantafyllou, 2008) and The Byzantine Empire, (OTEK, 2008), and articles: ''Augustine on Religious Coercion'' in Augustine. Literature in Context, (Cambridge University Press, 2017), ‘“Early Christian Aloofness and Participation in the Pagan World”, in Cults, Creeds and Identities, (Peeters, 2013), and “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Illness as Demon Possession in the World of the First Christian Ascetics and Monks”, (Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Routledge Journals, 2011). She has taught at University College London, University of Komotini, University of Crete and University of Zaragoza. She presently also teaches for the Hellenic Open University.

Link to papers published on
Read her full CV

Demetris Kamaras

PhD (City U, London)

Demetris Kamaras is a journalism professor and journalist, primarily online. Political analyst and communications specialist. Previous studies in economics (BA), communications policy (MA) and journalism (PhD), mostly in London. Born in Hove, Brighton. Lives in Athens, Greece. Blogs when necessary.

Founded and runs (Private Information Network) and (Greece). Occasional articles of friends are published on

Interested in political communication, next-gen web apps, digital R&D, internet ethics and social networks. He taught journalism and communication at University of Indianapolis Athens (1999-2013). Published numerous analyses and op-eds, online and in print and his first book was titled: Digital Communication (Zenon Publications, London, 2000 – co-authorship). Recent publications: Crisis Talk: Greece (2012, iBook); Elections and the Internet, Digerati Publications (Athens, 2014); Crisis Talk: Greece part2 (2015, iBook). []

John Karavas

PhD (U of Durham)

A graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Durham, Dr. Karavas’ main areas of interest lie in the fields of Hellenistic and Roman History, Roman provincial archaeology (with a special interest in Roman frontiers) as well as ancient warfare. He has been associated with various research groups and institutes both in the U.K. and in Eastern Europe.

Forthcoming publications include The Evolution of Roman Frontier Fortifications in the Province of Moesia Superior (1st-6th Century A.D.) and War and Peace on the Danube: A Documented History of Roman Military Involvement on the Danube Frontier Region (1st-3rd Century A.D.). In 2005, he became a regular contributor to the Lexicon of Greek and Roman Placenames, a publication series that aims to provide up-to-date information on all ancient sites in the Eastern Mediterranean from the Archaic period up to late Antiquity. Over the years he has participated in many excavations in Serbia, Romania and Greece and is currently the Co-Director of excavations at Halmyris, a Greek/Roman/Byzantine military and civilian site on the Danube Delta in Romania and the Co-Director of excavations at Drajna de Sus, a Roman legionary fort in central Romania.

Kostis Karpozilos

PhD (U of Crete)

Kostis Karpozilos is a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI). He has earned a degree in Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (2002), completed an M.A. in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield (2003) and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Crete (2010).

His thesis focused on revolutionary diasporas in the United States and the trajectory of Greek-American radicalism in the 20th century.

He is the scriptwriter of the documentary Greek-American Radicals: the Untold Story (2013), the author of a book on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (Benaki Museum, 2013), and he has a fortcoming book (February 2017) titled Red America: Greek Workers and Radicalism in the United States, 1900-1950. Kostis was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University and University of Oxford and has taught at the University of the Peloponnese, at Sciences Po and at Columbia University before joining College Year in Athens. He has written extensively on the Greek crisis, the European Left and the limits of political imagination in the post-1989 world and currently he is working on an international history of the Greek Left.

Please see his complete CV for a listing of his publications.

Eleni Karvouni

Maitrise (Sorbonne, Paris I)

Ms. Karvouni graduated from the Sorbonne with a Maitrise in Art History specializing in Byzantine icons and architecture. She lived in Paris for five years and collaborated with Manos Hadjidakis, the composer and director of the Third Program of Greek Public Radio, translating from French into Greek the plays of Jean Genet and Eugene Ionesco for the Third Theatre (1975).

She also translated from English into Greek various books on education for Kastaniotis Editions (1976). Writer Dinos Siotis published her poetry in A Contemporary Greek Poets Selection (1977). Her voice has been featured in audio cassettes used to supplement Greek textbooks. Since 1989, she has worked as a teacher at the Athens Centre, teaching the Greek language to non-native speakers. She has also organized Greek language classes for diplomats at the French Embassy in Athens. Ms. Karvouni speaks French, English, and Italian and loves to elaborate on the culture and history of Greece.

Alexander Kitroeff

D.Phil. (U of Oxford) Visiting professor Spring 2018

Dr. Kitroeff is the Associate Professor of History at Haverford College. His research and publishing focuses on nationalism and ethnicity in modern Greece and its diaspora, and its manifestations across a broad spectrum, from politics to sports.

Dr. Kitroeff recently completed a book-length ms.

on the history of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is preparing expanded, updated editions of two earlier publications. The first is The Greeks in Egypt: Ethnicity & Class 1919-37 (1989) which will be published by the American University in Cairo Press under the provisional title The Greeks in Egypt: from Muhamad Ali to Nasser. The second is a history of the Athens-based Panathinaikos sports association, published under the title Ελλάς, Ευρώπη, Παναθηναϊκός: 100 Χρόνια Ελληνική Ιστορία (2010). The new edition, marking the club's 110th anniversary will be published in Greek by Kedros Publications, in 2018. Dr. Kitroeff is also continuing his collaboration with film director Maria Iliou for whom he has acted as historical consultant in four documentaries. Their current project is a 5-part history of the city of Athens, from 1821 to the present. See his full bio here.

Zoe Kontes

Visiting Professor Summer 2018

Doctor of Philosophy Brown University
Associate Professor of Classics, Kenyon College.
Creator of "Looted" Podcast Series on Illegal Antiquities

Dimitra Kotoula

PhD (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Dimitra Kotoula studied History and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She holds a Masters and PhD in the History of Art with a field of specialization in Byzantine Art.

Her research has been sponsored by the Seeger Centre for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, the Dumbarton Oaks Centre, Washington DC, the Kunsthistorisches Institute, Florence, the Academy of Arts, Letters and Science, Venice and the British Academy. She has taught on Byzantine Art and Archaeology, as well as the cultural interchanges between Byzantium and the West at the University of Thessaly, Greece and The Courtauld and worked as a research associate at the British School at Athens. Recently, she has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, London (2015-2016).

She has lectured and published on issues of form and function in Byzantine archaeology and art (with particular emphasis on eschatology), cross-cultural exchanges in the Mediterranean basin during the 15th and the 16th centuries, as well as 19th-century perceptions of Byzantium. Currently, she is working on a monograph on Byzantium and the British Arts and Crafts Movement.
See also: The Courtauld Institute of Art - Dimitra Kotoula.


Kostis Kourelis

Visiting Professor Summer 2018

P.h.D Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor  of Art History, Department Chair of Art & Art History Franklin & Marshall College.

Demetrios Kritsotakis

PhD (Ohio State U)

Demetrios Kritsotakis earned his MA at the Ohio State University in the field of Classical Languages. He also holds a PhD in Roman History from the same institution. He also audited Professor Philippe Gauthier’s classes in Ancient Greek Epigraphy at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and attended a seminar on Greek Paleography at the University of Oxford.

He excavated in Crete with the Greek Archaeological Service and the University of Crete.

Since 2001 he is employed by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies of the Ohio State University and conducts research for the Epigraphic Project of the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI). He joined CYA in the fall of 2008 and since then has taught many courses in Greek and Latin Literature. He has also taught courses at the Ohio State University and the University of Crete. His research interests include the History of Greece during the period of the Roman Empire with special emphasis on the reign of Hadrian; the political propaganda of the Roman Emperors; and Greek Epigraphy and Paleography.

Panagiota Maragou

PhD (U of Patras)

Panagiota Maragou is a biologist (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) with a PhD from the University of Patras. Her dissertation discussed the comparative ecology of two endemic lizard species of the Peloponnese. Her main areas of interest lie within the conservation of Greek biodiversity; from the survey and monitoring of species, esp.

reptiles, to impact assessment and the management of wildlife. Since 1997 she has been working at the World Wide Fund for Nature – Greece (WWF Greece) managing conservation projects, developing position papers, analyzing the information required to carry out advocacy work and organizing the dissemination of the conservation knowledge produced by WWF, other NGOs and the academia. She is the co-editor of the Greek Red Data Book of Threatened Fauna and the author of several peer reviewed scientific papers and other publications on the herpetofauna of Greece and general conservation issues.

Nanno Marinatos

Visiting Professor: Professor and Head, Dept of Classics & Mediterranean Studies, U. of Illinois

Professor Marinatos' main areas of research and publication are Greek Religion, Minoan religion, History of Scholarship, Thucydides and Herodotus. Her recent publications include:

Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess. University of Illinois Press 2010.

Reviewed by Colin Renfrew, Times Literary Supplement, "The Pseudo-Minoan Nestor Ring and Its Egyptian Iconography" Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, 2, 2011, pp. 17-27 (with Briana Jackson), "Light and Darkness and Archaic Greek Cosmography" in Menelaos Christopoulos, Efimia D. Karakantza and Olga Levaniouk, editors, Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion, Lanham • Boulder • New York • Toronto • Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books 2010, pp. 193-200. 

For more information see:

Nikos Michailidis

Nikos Michailidis

PhD (Princeton University)

Nikos Michailidis received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. His current research interests are in political anthropology, music and power, the senses, and the eastern Mediterranean. He has done extensive fieldwork in Turkey.

His dissertation explored the making and re-signification of music-listening practices and the political consequences of the revival of old Pontic-Greek music genres in contemporary Turkey. Dr. Michailidis has taught at Princeton and Rutgers University.


Penelope-Anne Mountjoy

PhD (U of Bristol) FSAU

Dr. Mountjoy holds a BA in Classics from the University of Bristol (Honors) , an MPhil from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Bristol. She has received many grants and awards.

She has taken part in excavations at Myrtos, Knossos, Mycenae, Pyrgos (Crete), Paphos (Cyprus), and Troy (Asia Minor).

Her record as archaeological draughtsman specializing in the drawing of pottery is extensive. A member of the British School at Athens with an affiliation to the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford as a Visiting Research Fellow, Dr. Mountjoy has presented papers at archaeological conferences in Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Australia and has taught at Queens University, Kingston, Canada as Scholar in Residence and at the Universities of Mannheim, Tubingen and Frankfurt, at the latter as Mercator Gast Professor. Most recently she has held the Glassman Holland Fellowship and the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor Fellowship at the Albright Institute, Jerusalem.

She is the author of several monographs and numerous scholarly articles. Among her publications are "Mycenaean Decorated Pottery: A Guide to Identification" (Gothenberg, 1986), "Mycenaean Pottery: An Introduction" (Oxford University Press, 1993), "Regional Mycenaean Decorated Pottery" (Berlin, 1999), and "Knossos: the South House" (Oxford, 2003). Dr. Mountjoy is currently working on Mycenaean IIIC (1200-1050 BC) pottery in Cyprus, Turkey and Israel.

Evgenia Mylonaki

PhD (U of Pittsburgh)

Evgenia Mylonaki studied philosophy and history of science at the University of Athens, and received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh (2010). Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "From Conflict to Unity: Motivation and Practical Reason", is an attempt to recast in contemporary terms the Platonic argument for the division of the soul in the Republic.

Currently she holds a three year post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Greek State and the EU and her post-doctoral research project is on "Moral Perception and Practical Knowledge". She also teaches at the program "Plato's Academy" of the University of Athens. Her main research interests lie within the fields of ethics, politics, theory of action in ancient and contemporary philosophy. She is currently working on the nature of representations of life and practice, on practical reason in ethics and politics, on film and philosophy and on neo-Aristotelianism in business ethics.

You may visit her website at:

Hüseyin Çınar Öztürk

Ph.D. Cand. (U of Cincinnati)

Hüseyin Çınar Öztürk is currently completing his Ph.D in Aegean Prehistory at the University of Cincinnati. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Istanbul University, and worked at excavations and surveys both in Greece and Turkey since 1998, at Ainos, Perge, Herakleia, Dorati, Korphos-Kalamianos.

Since 2011 he has been a project member of the Pylos, Palace of Nestor excavations. His research concentrates on issues of identity, spread of Mycenaean material culture, migration and mobility in antiquity, digital archaeology, Linear B and Mycenaean religion, and linguistics

Ritsa Panagiotou

PhD (Oxford U)

Ritsa Panagiotou is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research in Athens. Her research interests include European political economy, the political and economic development of the Balkan region, and the European Union’s Balkan enlargement.

She has published in many scholarly journals, including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near East Studies, and Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

Dr. Panagiotou holds a BA (Cum Laude) in Political Science and Russian from Wellesley College. She spent her Junior Year at the Institut Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, where she received the Certificat d'Etudes Politiques (Distinction). She earned an MPhil and a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University (St. Antony’s College).

For several years she worked as a Research Associate at the European Business School (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business and at the University of Athens Postgraduate Programme in Southeast European Studies. In 2011 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Costas Papaconstantinou

MSc Ecology (U of Wales)

Mr. Papaconstantinou is an educator and conservationist who works for wildlife protection and management with environmental non-governmental organizations at the local, national, and EU level and was Chairman of the Hellenic Ornithological Society until 2006. His work has included field research, project planning, policy and advocacy, communications, training, and networking.

He is Deputy Director of the Akrata Environmental Education Centre.

Angelos Papadopoulos

PhD (U of Liverpool)

Angelos Papadopoulos holds a BSc in Archaeology from the University of Bournemouth and an MA in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. After receiving his PhD from the University of Liverpool he was employed by the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus.

He has been involved in a number of research projects in Greece, Cyprus and the UK, while working on museum exhibitions, excavations and various publications.

His research interests focus on the prehistory of the Eastern Mediterranean (especially the interconnections between the Aegean, Cyprus and the Levant), Bronze Age iconography, warfare and burial practices and his publications deal with these topics. Dr. Papadopoulos has co-organised three international conferences in Dublin, Athens and Nicosia and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens working on the unpublished material from the Bronze Age cemetery of Kourion in Cyprus.

Marinetta Papahimona

Dipl (U of Athens)

Marinetta Papahimona has many years of experience teaching Modern Greek to American students. Before coming to CYA she served as Academic Director in a number of language institutes that teach Greek and English as a second language. She has trained Greek language teachers in a dramatized and practical methodology.

She has written scripts for Greek radio and is experienced in the theater, both as an actress and director. With Dimitra Dimitra she wrote the highly regarded Modern Greek language textbooks Greek Now 1+1 and Greek Now 2+2 , as well as supplementary materials (now in their 4th and 3rd editions respectively, with multiple reprintings) and of series of novels for beginning students of Modern Greek.

Stella Papayianni

DEA (University of Strasbourg)

Stella Papayianni has a BA in French Language and Philology from the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki and a DEA in Experimental Phonetics from Strasbourg University. During her time at Strasbourg, she taught Modern Greek at the Institut Neohellenique and at the Universite Populaire of Strasbourg University.

Since 1992 she has been teaching university-level Modern Greek at various institutions in Greece. She has translated from Greek to French the vocabulary sections of various Modern Greek textbooks, has translated numerous French articles for Greek periodicals, and has edited DVDs with archaeological content as well as various books.

Robert K. Pitt

(MA, London)

Robert Pitt is a Greek historian and epigraphist of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, whose research interests include the Athenian Empire, Athenian Topography, and the financing and administration of public building projects in the Greek world.

He is currently working on a book on the construction project to build the Temple of Zeus Basileus in Boeotian Lebadeia, as well as a volume of the inscriptions of Lebadeia for the Berlin Academy’s Inscriptiones Graecae series. As a site epigraphist, he has worked on excavations in Greece, Turkey and Albania.


Robert joins the CYA faculty following a posting as the Assistant Director of the British School at Athens from 2007-2014, where he overhauled the School’s teaching programmes and played a prominent role in the establishment of the British – French online digest of all recent archaeological work in Greece, Archaeology in Greece Online.

Aimee Placas

PhD (Rice U)

Aimee Placas holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University. She has presented and published on issues related to the anthropology of money, consumerism, kinship, gender and sexuality, and Europeanization. She's currently writing a book on the story of consumer credit's emergence in Greece over the past 15 years, from the first credit cards to the first personal bankruptcies.

She is also conducting a new research project on the lives of individuals in Greece who have passed through bankruptcy during the financial crisis.

John Raish

MA (U of Cambridge)

John Raish earned his BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Classics from Brown University and his MA in the same field from the University of Cambridge (St. John's).

He has been teaching at CYA since 1979.

He has played squash for Greece in international tournaments and he also made a cameo appearance in the major motion picture, Loufa kai Paralagi  (Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens in the Aegean) 2011.

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro

PhD (Princeton U)

Alan Shapiro (CYA ’69) is Professor of Classics and W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology Emeritus at Johns Hopkins. He has a BA (Greek) from Swarthmore College, MA (Greek) from UC Berkeley, and PhD (Classical Archaeology) from Princeton.

He is the author of books and exhibition catalogues on Greek vases and sculpture, Greek mythology and religion, and women and gender, including Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece (1994) and Worshipping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Greece (Onassis Cultural Center, New York, 2008).

Anne Stewart

MA (U of California, Berkeley)

Anne Stewart received a Department Citation for Distinction in Classical Languages while an undergraduate at the University of California (Berkeley). She received her MA in Classical Archaeology at the same institution, writing on the iconography connected with Demetrios Poliorketes.

She has excavated at Nemea and Corinth, as well as in Israel as an Area Supervisor at Tel Dor, and she has worked in the Archives Department of the Athenian Agora Excavations. Her dissertation topic is "The Function and Meaning of Idols in Early Greek Cults."

Tassos Tanoulas

PhD (Athens Polytechnic U)

An active member of the technical team for the Preservation of the Acropolis Monuments, Tassos Tanoulas is the architect in charge of the Preservation of the Propylaea of the Acropolis of Athens.

Apart from his professional work on the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, he has served on committees for the preparation of exhibits - including "Athens, Prehistory and Antiquity" and "Athens from the End of the Ancient World to the Establishment of the Greek State".

He has conducted numerous seminars, delivered many invited lectures in the United States as well as in Europe, and is the author of a number of articles published in scholarly periodicals. His two books Study for the Restoration of the Propylaia, vol. I, and vol. II were published in 1994 and 2002 respectively, and his The Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis During the Middle Ages (267-1458 ) was published in 1997. He was the recipient of the Europa Nostra Award for Conservation and the Europa Nostra Public Choice Award (2013) for the Restoration of the Superstructure of the Central Building of the Propylaea.


Exploring modernity in the architraves and ceilings at the Mnesiklean Propylaia   The Propylaea of the Acropolis at Athens since the 17th C: Their Decay and Restoration   Byzantium Matures: Choices, sensitivities and modes of expression (11th to 15th centuries)   Structural Relations Between the Propylaea and the NW Building the Athenian Acropolis   Θηβαίς

Romana Turina

PhD (U of York)

Romana Turina is Researcher at the University of York, where she works on the mediation of history in film. Her research is focused on theories of narrative and culture, particularly in relation to silenced history, postmemory, representation in heritage and digital humanities.

She has been teaching Non-Fiction forms for Film and Television, Screenwriting, Languages for Film and Television Filmmaking.
Her first essay film, Lunch with Family (Turina 2016), has been shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2016. Her new short film, San Sabba (2016), has been recently released.

Maria Vidali

PhD (U of Thessaly)

Maria Vidali studied architecture at Portsmouth and Kingston University and holds an MPhil degree in History and Philosophy of Architecture from Cambridge University. She is a PhD candidate at the school of architecture of the University of Thessaly in Greece, studying Liminality, metaphor and place in the farming landscape of Tinos: the case of Kampos.

Also she has been a research trainee at Mc Gill University with interest on Architecture and Narrative. She has been participating in conferences in Greece and abroad. Her research work: Village and Land, The outlying chapels of the island of Tinos was published in Greece, in December 2009. Since 2007 she runs her own practice Maria Vidali architect which carries out projects of different scale and design.

Hypatia Vourloumis

PhD (New York U)

Hypatia Vourloumis received her PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and conducted her postdoctoral research at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universitӓt Berlin.

Her teaching and research interests include modern Greek and S E Asian cultural production, performance theory and postcolonial studies, critical race, gender, and queer theory, minority discourse. Recent publications include essays in Theatre Journal and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

Alexandra Zavos

Alexandra Zavos

PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University)

 Alexandra Zavos studied Sociology at Panteion University, and completed her post-graduate studies in Critical Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her PhD concerned the “Politics of Gender and Migration in the Anti-racist Movement in Athens”.

She is a member of the Centre for Gender Studies at Panteion University and has worked as senior researcher for the European funded projects GEMIC “Gender, Migration and Intercultural Interactions in South-East Europe and the Mediterranean” and MIG@NET “Transnational Digital Networks, Migration, and Gender”, coordinated by the Centre.

Currently, she is teaching on the Interdepartmental Master’s Program “Gender-Society-Politics” at Panteion University and is senior researcher for the European program USVS “Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence”, coordinated by Brunel University. She has contributed chapters to the edited collections and published articles in Greek and international journals, including the Greek Social Science Review, 140-141 B’-C’, 2013, Feminist Review, 94, 2011 (with H. Kambouri), Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6, 2009. Currently, she is co-editing (with P. Koutrolikou and D. Siatitsa) the forthcoming Special Issue on ‘Urban Citizenship’ of the journal Citizenship Studies.