Meet the Faculty

Experts and Leaders in the Field

Our outstanding faculty of experienced academics are leaders in their fields. The majority hold doctorates and many have authored important publications. The CYA faculty receive the highest praise from their students, who appreciate the opportunity that small-sized classes give them to get to know and interact with their instructors.

Cameron Afzal

Cameron Afzal

Visiting Professor

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

Stavroula Alexaki

M.A. (Hellenic College Holy Cross)

Stavroula Alexaki studied Classics at the National University of Athens (School of Philosophy, 1993) and she received her Master’s Degree (highest distinction) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston, MA. (2016).

At her class at Harvard University (Divinity School), she conducted a study project demonstrating the strength and unity that traditional Greek circle dances can bring to interreligious dialogue. She has a long experience in teaching Ancient and Modern Greek and developing Greek curriculum addressing both native and nonnative speakers.

She has certificates in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language (Center for the Greek Language, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Hellenic Cultural Centre, 2012) and in Journalism (Journalists’ Union of Athens, 1994), and she has completed post-graduate coursework in cultural entrepreneurship (National University of Athens, 2010). Stavroula Alexaki is an elected City Counsellor in Korydallos, Attika.

Alexandra Alexandridou

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 B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University focusing on public international law, international organizations and environmental policy.

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

While a student, Ioli Christopoulou volunteered and interned at various environmental organizations in Athens and Brussels. From 2005 to 2018, she worked at WWF Greece, initially as a policy researcher and then for a decade as the nature policy officer. In 2018, she co-founded The Green Tank, a non-profit think tank aimed at promoting policy solutions for a sustainable future, where she serves as the policy coordinator.

She has been appointed to represent 12 NGOs in the national Nature Committee, which reports to the Minster of Environment and Energy, and currently serves as its alternate chair. She has served as a member of the Board of “MEDASSET – The Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtle” and is the coordinator of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Group of Greece.


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

PhD (Democritus U. of Thrace)

Dr. Angeliki Dimitriadi is Head of the Migration Programme and Senior Research Fellow at ΕLIAMEP.

Her work focuses on irregular migration and asylum policies in the EU, with a special focus on Greece.
She was awarded a PhD from Democritus University of Thrace in Social Administration, a BSc in International Relations &History from the London School of Economics and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. She has presented her work in international conferences and seminars, has authored two monographs and has published in international academic journals. She regularly comments in the international and Greek media on current migration issues.

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.

Sofia Economou

BFA (U of Georgia)

Sofia Economou is a Greek American Artist currently based in Athens, Greece. She has a BFA from the University of Georgia in Drawing/Painting and Art History.

She is interested in interdisciplinary arts, combining traditional media with contemporary archaeological methods of documentation.

Having studied in a fine arts preparatory school (Tsigris Studio) in Athens, Greece throughout her youth, she has developed a strong skill set in modeling form. Her interest in art history and her drawing skills led her towards archaeological illustration, primarily architectural documentation drawings. She has worked for several projects; Parthenon, Ancient Agora and Samothrace. 


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

Eve Geroulis

Visiting Professor

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

Dr. Antonios Giannopoulos

PhD, MBA (Athens University of Economics and Business)

Antonios Giannopoulos holds a PhD in Marketing & Communication (research supported by the Greek Tourism Confederation) and an MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business.

He has lectured on tourism marketing, sustainable development, destination management, travel and transport, services marketing and research methods. He has published in highly ranked academic journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management etc. He has also presented works and scientific publications on the travel ecosystem, value co-creation, destination branding, market orientation and internal marketing, combined with invited speeches on hospitality, tourism and cultural diplomacy. He is speaking Greek, English, French, Italian, also learning Chinese and Turkish.

He has served as marketing and communication manager at Corallia with responsibilities pertaining to innovation cluster services, youth entrepreneurship and start-up initiatives. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of “the voyager voice”. He has also provided consulting services in the field of destination management and tourism satellite account and collaborated with the European Marketing Academy. Also served as an auditor and registered expert for EU programms and organisations at national and European level. As an official representative in the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, he participated in special workgroups in the frame of the European Research Area.

Athena Hadji

P.h.D. (U. of California Berkeley)

Dr. Athena Hadji is an academic, curator and author. She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology, anthropology and art history by The University of California Berkeley. Her work encompasses a wide range of theoretical approaches and media.

She has lectured and published extensively on prehistoric Aegean sculpture, contemporary street art, urban crisis and its manifestations, receptions of antiquity and the Arcadian ideal, early travelers in Greece, early 20th century trade in antiquities, and idealized versions of the past in cultural heritage management. She has received numerous awards and distinctions as a scholar from, among others, the Fulbright and Onassis Foundations. As a curator she taught at the Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar at Kenyon College.

Her latest novel, The Sea Fled, has been shortlisted for two national awards and received an honorary award from the Municipality of Rhodes. Currently, she teaches History of Art and Architecture at the Hellenic Open University, Urban Anthropology at the National School of Public Administration and is an ISRF Fellow for her Athenian graffiti and street art research project.

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Christine Harrison

Christine Harrison

PhD (U of Birmingham)

Christine Harrison has a BA and MA in English from the University of Sussex (UK), and she completed her PhD on contemporary literary representations of the early modern period at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2009.

She taught English language and literature (with a specialisation in postmodern and postcolonial fiction) at the University of Indianapolis, Athens from 1995 to 2013, and she has been a pre-sessional tutor at the University of York (UK) since 2014.

Her current research interests centre on representations of space and place in contemporary fiction and literary non-fiction, uses of the past in contemporary gender debates, and rewritings of medieval and early modern literature. Recent publications include journal articles on the representation of London in the work of Peter Ackroyd and gender resistance in the historical fiction of Rose Tremain, and in 2015, she was joint Issue Editor of Issue 8 (‘History and Contemporary Literature’) of the refereed electronic journal Synthesis: An Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies.

Sam Holzman

PhD (U of Pennsylvania)

Dr. Sam Holzman (CYA Spring ’10, Alumnus Trustee ’14-’18) is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greek architecture, who has also published on subjects including music and textiles in antiquity. Sam first traveled to Greece to attend CYA, where he studied archaeological drawing with Penelope Mountjoy.

He has returned to Greece frequently for excavations and as a Fulbright Fellow and fellow at the American School. He received his BA from Brown University and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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.

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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.

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.

Zoë  Kontes

Zoë Kontes

Visiting Professor

Zoë Kontes is associate professor of Classics at Kenyon College, where her research and award-winning teaching focus on classical archaeology and issues of cultural property.

She is the producer and host of Looted, a narrative podcast series on the illicit trade in antiquities, which draws on her experience as a college radio DJ. Kontes is also a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She is a CYA Alumna and a member of the Board of Trustees.

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.


Eleni Koukouna

MSc. (U. of Bristol)

Eleni Koukouna studied psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Masters of Science in Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol, UK. She has extensive clinical and research experience in Greece, UK and Singapore.
Her recent research focuses on trauma studies. She has been working with NGOs and international organizations on refugee mental health.

She is research affiliate to the ERC project CHILDMOVE on the "impact of flight experiences on the psychological well being of unaccompanied refugee minors" at Ghent University in Belgium.

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.

Daphne Lappa

PhD (European University Institute of Florence)

Daphne Lappa earned a BA in History from the University of Crete (Greece) and a Master and PhD from the European University Institute of Florence (Italy).

Her research interests engage with different aspects of religious group formation and cross-confessional dynamics in the pre-modern and modern Eastern Mediterranean. She has earned Post-doctoral fellowships at the Digital Humanities Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (US), and has taught at the Universities of Athens and Corfu. She participates at the research project documenting the history of the Jews of Crete endorsed by the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Chania, and has recently edited a volume focusing on the Jews of Greece in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Anders Larsen

Anders Larsen

Visiting Professor

Anders Larsen holds a Candidatus Magisterii in History and English Literature and Language from the University of Copenhagen. Anders teaches Meaning of Style which is an introduction to semiotic analysis using fashion as a case study and  Copenhagen History. Structure, plan and design.

Anders has over the years worked on various projects for DIS relating to cultural competencies and cultural engagement. He has furthermore worked on staff training within the Housing & Student Affairs department at DIS.

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

Nanno Marinatos is Professor and Head of the Department of Classics & Mediterranean Studies at the University of Illinois.
Her main areas of research and publication are Greek Religion, Minoan religion, History of Scholarship, Thucydides and Herodotus. Professor Marinatos' 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. 

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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, 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 and a Senior Fellowship  at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Istanbul.

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), "Knossos: the South House" (Oxford, 2003),  and "Troy 9: Troy VI Middle, VI Late and VII. The Mycenaean Pottery" (Habelt, 2017). 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.

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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

DPhil (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.

Nina Papathanasopoulou

PhD (Columbia U)

Nina Papathanasopoulou specializes in Greek drama and mythology and taught classics and theater courses at Connecticut College as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2013-2019. She completed her Ph.D. in Classics at Columbia University and her B.A. in Classics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Her current research explores interpretations of Greek myths through modern dance, especially the choreographies of Martha Graham. Since January 2019 she also works as the Public Engagement Coordinator for the Society for Classical Studies, overseeing the Classics Everywhere Initiative and finding opportunities to bring together scholars and students of Classics with the broader community.

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, gender and sexuality, and Europeanization.

She has recently co-edited the volume Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis, and_ she's currently writing an ethnography 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.

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."

Athena Stourna

PhD (Université de la Sorbonne-nouvelle Paris III)

Athena Stourna is scenographer, theatre maker and researcher. She holds a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design from Rose Bruford College (UK) and a Maîtrise and an MA in Theatre Studies from the Université de la Sorbonne-nouvelle Paris III, where she also completed a PhD summa cum laude.

Her monograph La Cuisine à la scène: boire et manger au théâtre du XXe siècle (Cuisine onstage: Food and drink in 20th-century theatre) was published by the Presses universitaires de Rennes/Presses universitaires François-Rabelais in 2011. In addition to the historical and theoretical study of the interrelation between food and performance, Athena has delved into its practical experimentation as part of the international group “The Food Project”, formed by artists and academics from around the world, with whom she has co-created food-related performances presented at The World Stage Design (Cardiff, 2013) and the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (2015), among other venues. As artistic director of the multinational Okypus Theatre Company, she has created productions that have been mounted in theatrical and non-theatrical spaces (museums, archaeological sites, and public spaces) in Greece, the Czech Republic, Wales and Argentina. Athena teaches Scenography, Theatre History and Theatre Directing at various universities in Greece and Cyprus. She has participated in the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance at Harvard University and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.

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
George Tentes

George Tentes

Ph.D. (National Technical University of Athens)

George Tentes is an Environmental Economist and a mining engineer, specialized in environmental engineering and in the management of natural resources, such as water, materials, ecosystems and of the manmade environment.

His research interests and publications are related to ecosystem services, environmental and natural resources economics, water and waste management, environmental and social impact assessments. He is an expert in EU environmental policy and legislation.
He is a member of the academic staff of the Hellenic Open University, where he works with postgraduate students on environmental and social issues. In parallel, he is a project manager at Healing Lesvos, a not-for-profit committed to the protection of marine environment, and the general manager of Green2Sustain, a consulting firm specializing on environment and sustainability.
He has a long record of training undergraduate and postgraduate students, government officers, scientific staff of regional authorities in Greece and other European countries.

Evgenia Tousi

PhD (National Technical U. of Athens)

Dr. Evgenia Tousi works as a freelance architect and urban planner since 2007.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture (2007) from National Technical University of Athens, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (NTUA,2009)  and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings (Hellenic Open University,2017). She received her PhD in 2014 from National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture, sector of Urban and Regional Planning. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture.

She has been teaching since 2010 in several BA and MA programms. She has worked at Piraeus University of applied Sciences, at the School of Pedagogical and Technical Education, at the University of West Attica and the  Hellenic Open University. She has also worked as an assistant lecturer at NTUA. In addition she has participated in many research projects conducted by the Laboratory of Planning Methology and Space Regulation (NTUA), the National Documentation Centre and the Hellenic Statistical Authority. 

She is a certified adult educator from the Ministry of Εducation, Research and Religious affairs (2018) and a certified educator in distance learning courses (Hellenic Open University, 2018).  

Her main research interests include issues of urban socio-spatial transformations, refugee settlements, housing policies, urbanization, globalization, and brownfield regeneration policies. Her scientific work has been published in international journals and book chapters. She is a reviewer at Common Ground Research Networks, University of Illinois Research Park, Champaign USA. 

Nikos Tsivikis

Nikos Tsivikis

PhD (U of Crete)

Nikos Tsivikis is a byzantine archaeologist and art historian, educated at the University of Crete. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Academy of Athens. He is a senior member of the Ancient Messene Excavation and Restorations Project in Greece since 2005.

At the same time, he is leading the Amorium Urban Survey Project in Asia Minor, Turkey, a project hosted by the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Rethymno, Greece). He has held fellowships, worked and taught in many institutions across the Atlantic: in the USA (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University; Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University; Princeton University; Medieval Academy of America; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; California State University at Sacramento), Germany (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz), Greece (University of the Peloponnese; University of Athens) and Turkey (Koç University).
He is specialized in the evolution of Byzantine cities, focusing on social relationships as expressed in the built and unbuilt environment. He has worked in many excavations and published papers on Byzantine architecture, sculpture, epigraphy and metalwork in English, Greek and Turkish.

Jeff Vanderpool

MA from Goldsmiths, University of London.

As a photographer working primarily with heritage subjects, Jeff Vanderpool has photographed for educational institutions, NGOs, excavations and individual researchers. In addition to his work as a photographer, Jeff is also involved in teaching, cultural heritage management projects, organizing and curating photography exhibitions, exhibiting and publishing.

He has collaborated on various projects with organizations such as the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinatti, Bucknell University, Monumenta - For the Protection of Greece's Architectural Heritage. His work has been published in books, academic journals, and print and online media, including the New York Times, National Geographic, and Greece’s leading daily, Kathimerini.

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Rosa Vasilaki

PhD (University of Bristol) Doctorat (Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

Rosa Vasilaki holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol (UK) and a PhD in History from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France).

She has taught history and sociology on undergraduate and postgraduate level and conducted research in a number of universities in Greece, Israel and the UK.

She is currently a teaching fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Science in Athens and the Director of Research and Development at Code on the Road (COR), a non-profit civil society organization committed to building an inclusive and equal society through implementing innovative, multi-disciplinary and targeted programs focusing on gender equality and empowerment, countering ideologies of exclusion and building resilience against hate and discrimination.

Her main research interests revolve around the changing role of religion in modernity, in the rise postsecular and postwestern knowledges, and in the manifestations and genealogy of violence in the modern world, such as politically and religiously motivated violence and the special role of security forces in modern states. Her article “Provincializing IR? Prospects and Deadlocks in post-Western IR Theory” (2012) won the Northedge Essay Prize of Millennium Journal of International Studies, whilst her research proposal “Policing the Greek Crisis: Public Order and Civil Unrest in Times of Turmoil” won the second prize of Greek Politics Specialist Group 2015 Competition “Innovative Approaches for the Study of Greek Society and Politics”. In 2017 she published the book “Conversations. The Promise of Humanities and Social Sciences” (co-authored with Eleni Andriakaina). She currently works on a book on the challenges faced in the West by the rise of postwestern politics and epistemologies.

Maria Vidali

PhD (U of Thessaly)

Maria Vidali studied architecture at Portsmouth and Kingston University. She holds an MPhil degree in History and Philosophy of Architecture from Cambridge University and a PhD from the University of Thessaly in Greece.

She was a research trainee at McGill University with interests in Architecture and Narrative.

Her research work: Village and Land, The Outlying Chapels of the Island of Tinos was published in 2009.

She runs her own practice Maria Vidali Architect.