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

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.

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 a former elected City Counsellor in Korydallos, and President of the Secondary School Committee of Attika.

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.


Angeliki Dimitriadi

PhD (Democritus U. of Thrace)

Angeliki Dimitriadi is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Migration Program at ELIAMEP.  She is a political scientist interested in irregular migration and asylum, and the interplay between migratory movement and policies of deterrence and protection.

Her research looks on Europe, particularly the front-line countries (especially Greece) but also countries of origin (Afghanistan, Pakistan) and transit (Turkey).  She has published articles in referred journals and is the author of two monographs, “Transit migration to Greece: the case of Afghans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis” (Nissos publishing, in Greek) and “Afghan migration Europe: at the margins, looking in” (Springer/Palgrave, 2017). She has participated in numerous research projects on migration and has served as an external reviewer for the European Commission for funded projects. She was Visiting Fellow in residence on migration and asylum policy at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between October 2015 and April 2016. She holds a PhD from Democritus University of Thrace (2012), an MA from King’s College London (2003) and a BSc from the London School of Economics (2002).

Thanos Dokos

PhD (Cambridge)

Thanos P. Dokos received his Ph.D. 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 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 was the Director of Research (1999-2006) and then the Director-General of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)[2006-2019]. In November 2019, he was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece and in October 2020 National Security Advisor. He has taught at the Universities of Athens and Piraeus, the Hellenic National Defence College, the Diplomatic Academy and the Hellenic National Security School. His research interests include global trends, international security, Greek-Turkish relations & Mediterranean security.

Selected recent publications include: “White Paper on Greek Foreign Defence and Security Policy (ed., in Greek), ELIAMEP, March 2016; “The Eastern Mediterranean in 2020: Possible Scenarios and Policy Recommendations” (ed.), ELIAMEP-KAS Policy Paper, April 2016; Greece in Bartles, Kellner & Optenhoegel (eds), ‘Strategic Autonomy and the Defence of Europe’, Dietz, Bonn, 2017; The EU and the Western Balkans as a Single Security Space in ‘Resilience in the Western Balkans’, EUISS Report, September 2017; Defence expenditures in the Mediterranean and the Gulf region: the impact on regional security, Mediterranean Yearbook 2019; A Glossary of Greek-Turkish Relations (with Angelos Syrigos), Kathimerini, 2016, 2020.  

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.

For twelve years he has been editor-in-chief of an online observatory on migration and refugee issues in Greece funded by the European Union and run by the Lambrakis Research Foundation. He was Director for International Affairs at Lambrakis Press (until 2017 Greece’s largest news publishing group) and has extended experience in printed and online media. 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, famous for promoting 'Gross National Happiness' rather than 'Gross National Product'.

Eve Geroulis

Visiting Professor

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

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.

He is currently Assistant Professor in International Tourism and Hospitality Management, at Deree-The American College of Greece, Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Tourism Economics & Management, University of the Aegean and Adjunct Faculty Member at the Hellenic Open University. He had also served as the Academic Director of the Hotel and Tourism Management Department of BCA and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Athens University of Economics and Business.

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

PhD (U of Birmingham)

Christine Harrison holds 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 also has a postgraduate diploma in TESOL, and she taught both English literature (with a specialization in postmodern and postcolonial fiction) and English for Academic Purposes at the Athens campus of the University of Indianapolis from 1995 to 2013. For the past six summers, Christine has taught EAP to pre-Master’s students at top UK universities, and at CYA she is both a member of the faculty (Literature) and the college’s Academic Skills Adviser.

Christine’s current research interests center on representations of space and place in contemporary fiction and literary non-fiction, uses of the past in contemporary debates on gender and ethnicity, rewritings of medieval and early modern literature, and the role of onsite learning in higher education. 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, Christine was joint Issue Editor of Issue 8 (‘History and Contemporary Literature’) of the peer-reviewed journal Synthesis: An Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies.

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, John Karavas’ main areas of interest lie in the fields of Hellenistic and Roman History, Greek and 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.

Over the years he has participated in many excavations in Serbia, Romania and Greece and is currently the Director of excavations at Halmyris, a Greek/Roman/Byzantine military and urban site on the Danube Delta in Romania; as of 2021, he will also be conducting excavations on the site of Gratiana, a late Roman fort located in Romania. In addition to several published articles, mostly on Roman frontier theory and excavation reports, his 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.); he is also currently co-editing a volume titled The Roman Lower Danube Frontier: Innovations in Theory and Practice.

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

DPhil (U of Oxford)

Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens and educated in the United Kingdom where he received his doctorate degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.

He is currently Professor of History at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and has taught at several other institutions including the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College CUNY, the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University, The American College of Greece, and College Year in Athens. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora from 1980 through 2013 when the journal ceased publication.

His research focuses on identity in Greece and its diaspora in a broad range of topics on which he has published extensively. His most recent books are The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (2019) which is also being published in Arabic and in Greek, and Greek Orthodoxy in America: a modern history (2020.)

Kitroeff has also collaborated with film director Maria Iliou as historical consultant in several documentary films, the most recent being “Athens Between East & West, 1821-1896” which is the first of a 5-part series on the city’s modern history.

Kitroeff is currently working on two book projects, a history of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) to mark the organization’s centenary in 2022, and a history of Greek-owned diner restaurants in America.


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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, art and archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships/grants including an AHRB fellowship and research grants from the Dumbarton Oaks Center, Washington D.C., Princeton University, the British School at Athens and the Academy of Art, Letters, and Science in Venice. She has published and lectured on a variety of topics ranging from Byzantine to 15th-century Cretan icons and burial chapels and tombs, to Arts&Crafts perceptions of Byzantium. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College-London. Her research interests include: form and function in Byzantine architecture and art with particular emphasis on eschatology; modern perceptions of Byzantium; sensory experiences and religious practises of the Byzantines as well as post-byzantine networks of humanism and artistic exchanges.

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 emerita and former 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.

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 a Professor of Political Economy at CYA and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research in Athens. She holds a B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science and Russian from Wellesley College. During her Junior Year she studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and obtained the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques.

She earned an M.Phil and a D.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University.  

She has interned at the Commission of the European Union (Directorate General External Relations) in Brussels and for several years worked as a Research Associate at the European Business School (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the Athens University of Economics and Business, at the University of Athens Postgraduate Programme in Southeast European Studies and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  

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, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, and Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. She is regularly invited to participate in conferences and on panels regarding current political economy issues in the Balkan countries and their European Union membership prospects.

Costas Papaconstantinou

MSc Ecology (U of Wales)

Mr. Papaconstantinou is an educator and conservationist with great experience on environmental education, wildlife protection and management, and works with environmental non-governmental organizations at the local, national, and EU level. His work has included field research, project planning, policy and advocacy, communications, training, and networking.

Papaconstantinou was Chairman of the Hellenic Ornithological Society until 2006. From 2010 he is also active in Ecology politics and has been elected as Municipal and Regional Councilor with the Green Party.

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.

Nina Papathanasopoulou

PhD (Columbia U)

Nina Papathanasopoulou joined the Classics faculty at College Year in Athens in 2020. She specializes in Greek drama, mythology, and its reception. Her current research explores interpretations of Greek myths by the American dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham, and she is spearheading a new project for the broader public that brings together Classics and Dance.

She completed her PhD in Classics at Columbia University in 2013 and her BA in Classics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2003. From 2013 to 2019 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Connecticut College, where she taught Greek, Latin, classics and theater courses and was heavily involved in outreach programming for Classics. Since 2019 she is also the Public Engagement Coordinator for the Society for Classical Studies, where she oversees Classics Everywhere, an initiative that brings the study of classical antiquity to new audiences.

Stella Papayianni

DEA (University of Strasbourg)

Stella Papayanni studied French Language and Philology at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki (1986-1990).  Followed by post graduate studies (MA) on Experimental Phonetics at Strasbourg University (1990-1991).  Her interest in publishing led her to study studied Book Editing (2018-2020).

In 1990-91 she taught Modern Greek at Strasbourg University, at the “Institut Neohéllenique” and at Strasbourg’s “Université Populaire”.
She edits Modern Greek Language textbooks as well as DVD with archaeological content.  


Robert K. Pitt

(MA, London)

I am a Greek historian specialising in epigraphy, topographic studies, and early travelers.

My teaching at CYA is centred around a rigorous engagement with primary material across a broad range (archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, literary sources) and takes a holistic approach to the ancient world, with a critical appraisal of the modern formations of archaeology and classics that continue to shape perceptions in and of our field. Prior to working at CYA, I was the Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, where I ran the teaching program and helped to compile the digest of archaeological reports Archaeology in Greece Online. My research is currently focused on a new corpus of the inscribed Athenian funerary monuments in the British Museum, part of the AHRC-funded project Attic inscriptions in UK collections (AIUK), as well as a monograph on the unpublished papers of the mid-18th century English traveler, Dr. Anthony Askew.

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, consumer credit, consumption, kinship, and gender and sexuality.

She has recently co-edited the volume Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis published by Berghahn Press, and has forthcoming pieces related to the impact of financialization processes on Greek households, as well as on ethical and pedagogical issues related to teaching anthropology in a study-abroad context.

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 has taught 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. In 2019 she received a grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library to study the artistic work of Greek scenographer Georges Vakalo.

Tassos Tanoulas

PhD (Athens Polytechnic U)

Tasos Tanoulas has been a member of the Acropolis restoration team since 1977. He was in charge of the Preservation of the Propylaea at the Athenian Acropolis from 1984 until official retirement in 2010; this oeuvre won the Europa Nostra Award for Conservation and Public Choice Award (2013).

He has published and lectured widely in Europe, Asia, America and Australia; topics of interest: archaeology, history, theory and management of Architecture from the Archaic period (7th century B.C.) to date. He 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 (1267-1458) was published in 1997.


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

Theofanis Tasis

PhD (Freie Universität Berlin)

Theofanis Tasis teaches Contemporary Practical Philosophy at the Alpen-Adria Universität and he is a visiting Professor at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Athens. His areas of specialization include: Political and Moral Philosophy, New Media Philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Critical Theory and Neopragmatism.

His monograph Castoriadis, a philosophy of autonomy published in Greece by Eurasia Publications won the Kaftantzogleio Prize of the University of Athens in 2008 and is now in its second edition. His latest book Digital Humanism: The iconistic subject and artificial intelligence published by Armos Publications (2019) explores the notion of a digital humanism as an alternative to the challenges presented by transhumanism and artificial intelligence. In Politics of Bios II: The care of the self in the iconistic society published by Armos Publications (2017), the second part of a planned trilogy, he explores Philosophy as an art of living in regard to New Media and is now in its second edition. The first part Politics of Bios: On Irony published by Eurasia Publications (2012) examines the relation of the private and public sphere in terms of the body and human senses and the political and ethical function of irony. It won the Kaftantzogleio Prize of the University of Athens in 2013. He has also translated and edited books by Martin Heidegger, John Stewart Mill, Alexander Nehamas and Roberto Unger into Greek. Theofanis Tasis is a member of the Humanistische Akademie Berlin and the Greek Philosophical Society.

Evgenia Tousi

PhD (National Technical U. of Athens)

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 Region-al 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 fulfilled a three-year post-doctoral research in the field of Social Housing (2016-2019) at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Ath-ens, Sector of Urban and Regional Planning. She is a certified adult educator from the Ministry of Education (2018) and a certified educator in distance learning courses (Hellenic Open University, 2018). She has been teaching since 2010 in several BA and MA programs. She has worked at Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, at the School of Pedagogical and Technical Education, at the University of West Attica and at 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 Methodology and Space Regulation (NTUA), the National Documentation Centre and the Hellenic Statistical Authority. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at the School of Interior Architecture, University of West Attica (BA and MA Programs). She has published in international journals, she has contributed in book chapters and published books. She is a reviewer at Common Ground Research Networks, University of Illinois Research Park, Champaign USA. Her main research interests include issues of urban socio-spatial transformations, refugee settlements, housing policies, urbanization, globalization, and brownfield regeneration policies.

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.

Jeff has collaborated on various projects with organizations such as the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, 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.

Rosa is 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. Rosa is also the founder and coordinator of DISSENSUS, a research group of sociologists and anthropologists currently working on a large project assessing the impact and normalization of hate rhetoric in Greece.   

Her empirical work revolves around the sociology of violence – its manifestations and genealogy – in the modern world, such as politically and religiously motivated violence, but also the state responses such as policing and securitization. Her theoretical work is focused on questions of postsecularism, postcolonialism and epistemological violence.  

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). 

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 has been a research trainee in Architecture and Narrative at McGill University. She has presented in conferences.

Her research work: Village and Land, the outlying chapels on the island of Tinos was published as a book in Greece, in 2009. Since 2007 she runs her own practice Maria Vidali Architect. She has taught at the Drury Centre in Greece and at the University of Thessaly, school of Architecture. Since 2017 she has been teaching in CYA the Contemporary Urbanism course: Athens through Time, Space and Narrative.