PhD (U 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 founder and co-coordinator of DISSENSUS-social research group which is composed by early-career and experienced social scientists. She is also the co-convener of the Politics of Liberation seminar series, a global bi-monthly seminar which hopes to make Athens a center for political debates and critical thinking in challenging times.
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 Eurocentrism, 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). In 2021 she published the book “Mainstreaming the Far Right in Greece: Gender, Media, Armed Forces and the Church” (co-edited with George Souvlis).