Visiting Scholars

In its efforts to promote the study post-classical Greece in its broader geographical and historical contexts, the Hellenic Studies Program provides institutional support for scholars interested in conducting research at Yale University.

Previous visiting scholars include (in chronological order):


Konstantina Maragkou
Lecturer in History

2008 - 2014

maragkouKonstantina Maragkou is a historian. She received her PhD and an MPhil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from the University of London. Her doctoral thesis, which was completed with the support of a number of funding awards, is titled The Wilson Government and the Greek Colonels, 1967-1970. She is currently a postdoctoral associate and Lecturer of Hellenic Studies at the Macmillan Center teaching courses in modern Greek and European history. She was previously the A.G. Leventis Post-Doctoral Research  Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She had also held visiting fellowships at the European Institute of the LSE, the Remarque Institute of New York University and the Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy (ELIAMEP). Her research interests include Twentieth Century World History and Modern Greek History with special emphasis on Greece's foreign relations in the post-WWII era. Her current project involves the revision, expansion and publication of her doctoral dissertation on Britain and the Greek Colonels, 1967-1974. On various aspects of this era, she has given a number of presentations at conferences and published articles at peer-reviewed historical journals.

Irene Karamouzis
Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History

karamouzisIrene Karamouzis received her PhD in International History and her MSc in European Politics and Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens. Her doctoral thesis entitled “Greece's Path to EEC membership, 1974-1979: The View from Brussels” is a fascinating case study of the history of enlargement, of European integration and finally of Cold War in the late 1970s. This first detailed archival-based study of the second enlargement is due to appear next year with Palgrave Macmillan. She is currently a postdoctoral associate of Hellenic Studies at the Macmillan Center and Lecturer in European Studies and History teaching courses in Modern Greek, European and Balkan history. She was previously the Pinto Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently Book review Editor of the Cold War History Journal and Deputy Head of the Balkan International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS a research center dedicated to the studies of international affairs, diplomacy and grant strategy. Currently, she is co-editing a book on ‘Balkans in the Cold War’ and is interested in the transatlantic relationship regarding Southern Europe in the turbulent decade of the 1970s.

Dimitris Papadimitriou
January 23-February 28, 2010

PapadimitriouDimitris Papadimitriou is Reader in European Politics in the School of Social Sciences (Politics) at the University of Manchester and the Co- Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

His research interests focus predominantly on contemporary Greek politics and history. He is the co-author of The Limits of Europeanisation: reform capacity and policy conflict in Greece (Palgrave, 2008, with Featherstone). He has also published widely on a number aspects relating to Greek public policy, including welfare reform, privatisation and the labour market. More recently he has been working on the Muslim minority of Greece during the 1940s. His co-authored book The Last Ottomans: the Muslim Minority of Greece 1941-49 (with Featherstone, Mamarelis and Niarchos) will be published by Palgrave in 2010. Previously he has published Negotiating the New Europe (Ashgate, 2002) and From Marginalisation to Membership: Romania and the European Union (Routledge, 2008 with D. Phinnemore).

During his stay at the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale, he has worked on a new project focusing on the management of the Greek ‘core executive’ and prime-ministerial leadership styles in Greece since its transition to democracy. The project builds on an extensive set of elite interviews and places the operation of the Greek government in a comparative and theoretical perspective.

Kateřina Králová
Fulbright-Masaryk Visiting Research Fellow
October 2008 - June 2009

KralovaKateřina Králová received her first degree in International Area Studies at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2000). As a bilateral inter-university scholar, she completed her master studies at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany, where she received the national DAAD-Award for the Best Foreign Student of the Year (2002). Subsequently, she continued her doctoral studies at Charles University (Prague) where she finished her PhD thesis on Greek-German Relations after the Second World War in the Shadow of Nazi Past (2007). During her doctoral studies she obtained numerous scholarships for research abroad, for one year at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2003-2004) and in other European countries (Germany, Austria, UK). Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University (Prague) where she teaches contemporary Greek history and modern history of the Balkans. In her research she focuses on the post-war social position of victims of political/civil injustice in general and during the Nazi occupation, anti-Semitism, and the fate of its victims in southeastern Europe and in particular Greece. She presents the results of her research at international conferences, co-edits volumes in Czech and German, and publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Emmanuel Karagiannis
January - February 2008

Emmanuel Karagiannis obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hull in Great Britain. His field of research was the connection between pipeline development and security in the Caucasus region. This culminated in its publication as a book by Routledge, entitled “Energy and Security in the Caucasus” (New York & London: 2002). He received his B.A in European Community Studies from London South Bank University and an M.A in International Security Studies from the University of Reading in Great Britain. During 2005, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania‚s Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. His articles have been published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans (2003), Central Asian Survey (2004), State, Religion and Society (2005), Europe-Asia Studies (March 2006), Nationalities Papers (March 2006), Terrorism and Political Violence (May 2006), and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (Summer 2007).

During his stay at the MacMillan Center (January-February 2008), Karagiannis examined November 17 terrorist group and left-wing extremism in post-1974 Greece. More specifically, he applied rational choice theory to understand 17N's strategy and tactics.

Aristides N. Hatzis
November 2007

Aristides N. Hatzis is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Law & Theory of Institutions at the Department of Philosophy & History of Science of the University of Athens (LL.B. 1989, LL.M. 1993, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School; LL.M. 1994, J.S.D 1999, University of Chicago Law School). He is an attorney-at-law and a member of the Thessaloniki Bar Association since 1992 and of the American Bar Association since 1994. He is a member of the steering committee of the European Network for Better Regulation (ENBR), as well as of the advisory board of the Society for European Contract Law (SECOLA) and he has been a member of the steering committee of the European Association of Law & Economics (EALE) from 2001 to 2006. His papers have been published in such journals as the International Review of Law & Economics, European Journal of Law & Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, etc. and in international collective volumes. He is the editor of three collective volumes: Economic Analysis of Law: A European Perspective (Elgar 2007), Methodology in Law and Economics (Elgar 2008) and Norms and Values in Law & Economics (Rout-ledge, 2008). He is the co-editor of the new journal Civil Law & Economics Review and a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Contract Law. He has refereed papers for over 15 journals and he has taught as Visiting Professor in several Greek and European universities.

While here at Yale Professor Hatzis gave a talk entitled "From Soft to Hard Paternalism and Back: The Regulation of Surrogate Motherhood in Greece," A critical analysis of the regulation of surrogate motherhood in Greece. He discussed the way that a consensus reached in the legislative committee among liberal and conservative jurists on the matter of compensation of surrogate mothers was undermined by intra-party populism in the Greek parliament which banned it to avoid commodification; inevitably the law fell into disuse leading to a new law which allowed government-defined compensation, not the one agreed by the parties; the regulation of surrogate motherhood in Greece is a typical example of the deleterious effects of the combination of legal formalism and legal moralism in contemporary Greece.

Maria Georgopoulou
Summer 2006

Research Affiliate, Hellenic Studies Program, European Studies Council
Director, Gennadius Library, Greece
Research interest: Venetian, Byzantine and Mediterranean art of the Middle Ages

Gerassimos Moschonas
February-May 2005

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Panteion University, Athens

Gerassimos Moschonas, PhD, University of Paris-2, 1990, is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science and History at Panteion University (Athens). His main areas of interest are Political Parties (in particular: Social Democratic parties), European Federations of parties and European politics, Greek politics, Electoral Sociology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Greek Journal of Political Science, and member of the International Advisory Board of the French Politics and of the Journal of Political Science Pôle Sud (University of Montpellier ). His works and publications include: In the Name of Social Democracy, The Great Transformation : 1945 to the Present (Verso, London, New York, 2002), La Social-démocratie de 1945 à nos jours (Paris, Montchrestien, 1994) and La gauche française (1972-1988) à la lumière du paradigme social-démocrate. Partis de coalition et coalitions de partis dans la compétition électorale, Doctoral thesis (Doctorat d'Etat), Paris-2, June 1990 (short-listed for the price for the best PhD of the year and obtained an honorary distinction).

He has received a Fulbright grant and during his stay at the Hellenic Studies Center at Yale is working on “Leadership, Issues and Electoral Strategies in Europe and the United States (2000-2005)”.

Takis S. Pappas
January 5-february 11, 2005

Takis S. Pappas, Ph.D., Yale University, 1995, is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Balkan, Slavic, and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has previously taught at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1999-2004), the University of Athens (1998), and the Greek Open University. In 1995-1996 he was a Jean Monnet Fellow in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. His current academic and research interests include the rise of radical mass movements in democratic settings, charismatic political leadership, and party system change. He is the author of Making Party Democracy in Greece (London: Macmillan, 1999) and several articles in English and Greek.

During his stay at the Hellenic Studies Center at Yale University (January-February 2005), he explored the conditions of the emergence of mass radicalism in such diverse settings as Greece, Yugoslavia, and Venezuela. As part of his ongoing research, he also presented a paper entitled “Mass Radicalism and Symbolic Politics: The Rise of the Greek Socialist Party”.

Angelos Giannakopoulos

Angelos Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. University of Tübingen, Germany, 1998, is a teaching and research assistant at Department of Sociology and History, Section of Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany. His dissertation title was “The Theologian Brotherhoods in Greece: Their Function and Role in Relation to Modernization and Secularization of Greek Society.” He is currently conducting research on European integration and cultural patterns of thought and perception and on the cultural aspects of the EU-Enlargement process with emphasis on the relations between EU and Turkey. He has taught at the University of Tübingen (2000-2003) and at Erfurt University (1999-2002), where he has also been a research fellow at the research program on religious pluralism. He has published extensively on the relationship between religion and modernity as well as on cultural diversity and the European expansion project. He has participated in numerous conferences and co-organized the conference “European Perspectives of a United Cyprus,” University of Cyprus, 1st - 3rd November, 2004.

Esat Bzyigit

Esat Bzyigit is a research fellow at the University of Galatasaray (Istanbul) and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and History at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He is currently conducting research on European integration and cultural patterns of thought and perception and on the cultural aspects of the EU-Enlargement process with emphasis on the relations between EU and Turkey. The working title of his dissertation is “Democratization Discourses in the Turkish Parliament in reference to Turkey’s Bid for EU-Accession (1996-2003).” He holds an M.A. in History (1991) and in Political Science (1999).

During their stay at Yale University, Professor Giannakopoulos and Mr. Bozyigit conducted research on the relationship between Turkey, the European Union and the United States. Being for more than fifty years the battlefield on which the East-West conflict had been staged, in the post-Cold War era, Turkey found herself located at the center of an emerging conflict that reached its climax with the crisis between the EU and the USA over Iraq. This conflict, in turn, was paralleled and compounded by the rift between civil and military/administrative forces in Turkey related to its EU-stimulated democratization process. Besides the consolidation of economic and political reforms, Turkey’s quest for EU-accession seems also to rest critically upon Turkish foreign policy. Regarding the intensified transatlantic rift and the severe setback in Turkish-US relations within the context of the continuing US-operation in Iraq, Professor Giannakopoulos’ and Mr. Bozyigit’s research aims to assess the impact of the ongoing strain within the EU-Turkey-US triangle on Turkey’s quest for EU-accession by comparing the different perceptions of “Turkey” by the European and American policy-makers. The title of their research topic is “US-American and European Perceptions of Turkey’s EU-Membership in Comparative Perspective: Real-political Priorities vs. Politico-cultural Premises.”