Study Abroad in Greece with Arcadia University

Faculty Supporting Our Programs in Athens


Dr. Blanca Ananiadis

Instructor, Economics and Political Science
GREA ECMO 370 The Greek Economy; GREA PSMO 350 Greece and the European Union

Blanca Ananiadis’ thesis (Ph.D, Government, Essex) focused on the political economy of Europe-Latin America relations. She has taught at the undergraduate level at the National University of Buenos Aires and the University of Essex, UK, and undertook graduate teaching and programme coordination as a lecturer at the Institute of Education of the University of London. In Brussels, she conducted research on Spanish interest groups for the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities, a study published in book form by that institution. Other research commitments included work for the Foundation of Mediterranean Studies, Athens, and participation in the European Commission funded European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific Research (COST) A15 programme. A former associate professor at the University of La Verne, she joined Arcadia in 2005. Her teaching and research concentrates on governance issues in the European Union. She has published in the fields of international political economy and comparative politics.

Recent publications/contributions:

'A Question of Representation; open methods and the governance of welfare policies' in Hellenic Social Policy Association (HSPA) (ed.) Social Reform and Changes in the Public-Private Mix in the Area of Social Policy, Athens: Ellinika Grammata, 2011.

'From Lisbon to Lisbon: Narratives of Social Europe', Working Paper WP. A02/07, Institute of European Integration & Policy, Dept. of Political Science and Administration, University of Athens.

Contributor, International Encyclopedia of Social Policy, London & NY: Routledge, 2006.

'OECD views on Greek welfare: not European enough' in K. Armingeon and M. Beyeler (eds.) The OECD and European Welfare States, Series Globalization & Welfare, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004.

'Globalization, Welfare and "Social" Partnership', Global Social Policy, London & Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Vol. 3 (2), 2003.

Globalization: Economic, Political and Cultural Perspectives (Co-editor [with I. Katsoulis & S. Ioannidis] and contributor), Athens: Sideris, 2003. (In Greek). 

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Dr. Nikolaos Anterriotis

Instructor, Ancient Greek and Latinv
GREA GRAN/LATI

Nikolaos Anterriotis is an avid scholar of the Classics. His Ph.D. was conferred upon him through the University of Athens. He holds a Masters in Classics from the University College London and a BA in Classics from University of Athens. In his classroom he aims to familiarize students with important concepts within ancient Greek and Latin works using the mechanics of language as keys to unlock their meaning. He uses experiential methods to convey core ideas intended by the original classic authors, such as Plato. This technique bridges the gap between modern students and ancient text, breathing life into the words to compel the participants to "feel the text".

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Paulina Bithara

Instructor, Modern Greek Literature
GREA LIMO 320 Greek Literature as Culture

Paulina Bithara completed her first degree in Philosophical and Social Sciences at the University of Crete, Rethymnon. After several years of teaching ancient Greek, creative writing, literature and history to secondary education students, she completed an MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2000-2001). She focused her dissertation on a comparative study of multiculturalism in England and Greece. Throughout her academic and professional career, she hopes to contribute toward a Greek understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism. She currently works at the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO dealing mostly with educational, cultural and social issues.

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Dr. Eleni Calligas

Instructor, History
GREA HIMO 330 Revolution, Catastrophe and Civil War

Eleni Calligas joined Arcadia in Greece in 2003 as a lecturer of Modern Greek history. She completed her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a dissertation entitled "The 'Rizospastai' (Radical-Unionists); Politics and nationalism in the British Protectorate of the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864." She holds an MA in International History, London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in History from the American College of Greece (Deree). She served as Development Officer at the British School at Athens. She has also lectured at the Department of Other Languages, Modern Greek Section, University of Cambridge, UK and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.

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Dr. Dimitrios Dimopolous

Instructor, Business/Interdisciplinary
GREA BSGG 390 Entrepreneurship: Green Business Strategies in Greece and the European Union

Since 2001 Dimitrios Dimopoulos has been teaching nature conservation at the Arcadia, with emphasis on biodiversity, values of ecosystems, global warming, and sustainability. He earned his Ph.D. from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his undergraduate degree from Thessaloniki's School of Biology. Presently he is serving as Head of the Environmental Unit of Piraeus Bank and is their Coordinator of ClimaBiz, and the Coordinator of the EMAS management team. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece ARCHELON, a group with which he has had a long-standing association. The organization monitors, researches, develops and implements management plans, habitat restoration, raises public awareness and rehabilitates sick and injured turtles, activities in which Dr. Dimopolous has been directly engaged.

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Apostolos Douras

Instructor, Language/Interdisciplinary
GREA GRCU 111/211/311 Language in a Cultural Landscape

Apostolos Douras hold an MA in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, England with the dissertation: Evolution of the Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention. He holds a BA in Politics, University of Essex. He has instructed Modern Greek language at Arcadia since 2005. He is also the Development and Humanitarian Programme Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization “Solidarity” in Athens. His background includes work as a Guide and Education Activities Assistant at the The Royal Observatory at Greenwich, National Maritime Museum and the Queens House Gallery in London. He was also a Radio Producer/Presenter for the Galaxy Radio Station in Athens and even served as a Customer Service assistant at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the London Planetarium.

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Eirene Efstathiou

Instructor, Interdisciplinary
GREA GRCU 111/211/311 Language in a Cultural Landscape

Eirene Efstathiou is a Greek-American who was born and raised in Athens. She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she received her Studio Art Diploma and Tufts University where she received her BFA. Efstathiou was awarded the Albert Henry Whiten Traveling Scholars Grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2004 at which time she returned to Greece. She is currently a MFA candidate at the Athens School of Fine Art. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece and the United States. Most recently, the Portland Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and the exhibition Selective Knowledge in collaboration with ITYS Institute for Contemporary Art and Thought in Athens and the 2009 DESTE Prize at the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with The Deste Foundation, Athens. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

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Dr. Kostas Kalimtzis

Instructor, Philosophy
GREA PHAN 340 Introduction to Greek Philosophy

Kostas Kalimtzis received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Florida. He is the author of Aristotle on Political Enmity and Disease: An Inquiry into Stasis. New York: State University of New York Press. 2001 and Taming Anger: The Hellenic Approach to the Limitations of Reason, London: Bristol Classical Press. 2012. He has served on the board of the International Association for Greek Philosophy and is a Research Associate at the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, UK.

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Dr. Aphrodite Kamara

Instructor, Economics
GREA BSGG 390 Entrepreneurship: Green Business Strategies in Greece and the European Union

Aphrodite Kamara is a historian specialized in the History of the Middle East in Late Antiquity. She has worked as a research historian for the Foundation of the Hellenic World from 1999 to 2005. In 2003 she founded "Time Heritage - Cultural Heritage Consultants", of which she became managing director in 2005. Ever since then she has been working on cultural heritage management projects, including seminars, enhancement of cultural heritage assets through modern technologies and cultural tourism.

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Maria Michou

Instructor, Architecture
GREA GRCU 111/211/311 Language in a Cultural Landscape

Maria Michou was born and raised in Athens. She earned her MA in Architecture and Cultural Studies at Oxford Brookes University and also studied at the School of Architecture at the University College London, The Bartlett School of Architecture and at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, School of Architecture. She has worked on renovations and new commercial constructions as well as private homes, and is currently supervising the extension of a private polykatoikia (a block of flats) in downtown Athens. For Michou architecture is lived experience; she focuses her commissioned and study projects on dynamic spaces that are places which people use, desire and remember. These designs shape and are shaped by the culture of their particular location.

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Dr. Stavros Oikonomidis

Instructor, Archaeology
Ancient and Byzantine History

Stavros Oikonomidis is a Ph.D. candidate in prehistoric archaeology at University of Ioannina. His thesis subject is the Mycenaean contacts with Central Europe through Northern Italy during the 13th Century B.C. He earned his MA in prehistoric archaeology, State University of Milan, Italy. His thesis subject was the survey methodology and the study of a Terramara metallurgical center of the 13th Century B.C. He also holds a BA in classic and prehistoric archaeology of Europe, State University of Milan, Italy. He has participated in archaeological excavations throughout the world including Greece, Albania, Peru, Israel, Italy, Syria and others.

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Dr. Jennifer Palinkas

Instructor, Art History/Architecture
GREA HIAN 331 Ancient Greek Sanctuaries

Jennifer Lynne Palinkas’ research interests lie in Greek and Roman architecture, sculpture and religion. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in Art History. Her MA in Art History is from State University of New York at Buffalo and her BA is from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. She won a Dissertation Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/University Fund for Internationalization from Emory University and the Gorham P. Stevens Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She served as Area Supervisor, Corinth Excavations in Greece and participated in digs at Samothrace and Isthmia.

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Dr. Demetra Papconstantinou

Instructor, Archaeology
GREA HIAN 330 The Aegean in Prehistory

Demetra Papaconstantinou holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Department of Archaeology with a thesis entitled “Identifying Domestic Space in Neolithic Eastern Mediterranean: method and theory in spatial studies”. He also holds an MA with Honours in Archaeology and History of Fine Arts from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Athens. He acquired an MPhil. in an interdisciplinary post-graduate program in “Design-Space-Culture” at the National Technical University of Athens Department of Architecture. He has lectured with Arcadia since 1997 in courses such as “The archaeology of Prehistoric Aegean” and “Planning the myth – creating a city: urban planning and Athenian lifestyle in the history of modern Athens”. He lectured at the University of Crete and the University of Edinburgh in their respective Departments of Archaeology. He manages electronic documentation of the Museum collections at the Department of Documentation, Benaki Museum, Athens and has served as Head Librarian at Arcadia. He is interested in archaeology as a model for the exploration and understanding of concepts such as: cultural difference and change, social coherence, national identity, acculturation, colonialism and cultural domination, and resistance.

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Dr. Jan Sanders

Regional Director of Mediterranean Programs
Instructor, Art History/Architecture
GREA ARAN 311 Arts and Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Jan Sylvia Motyka Sanders serves as the Resident Director for Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean and Balkan Studies and Research as well as Lecturer in Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology and a facilitator of The Greek Key Seminar. Jan earned her MA and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia; her BA is in Classical Philology from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She has many years of archaeological field experience at sites in Egypt, Portugal, Cyprus and throughout Greece. She is a senior member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

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Joanna Simos

Instructor, Interdisciplinary
GREA INPR 310 Research Project and Internship

Joanna holds a BA in Media and Modern Literature from Goldsmiths College University of London, MA in Human Resource Management from Middlesex University, the CIPD diploma and has been awarded the Working with Young People Certificate of excellence and Counseling and Mentoring certificates by the NOCN. Joanna is currently completing a Ph.D. in the field of education abroad.

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Ourania Sinpoulou

Instructor, Language/Interdisciplinary
GREA GRCU 111/211/311 Language in a Cultural Landscape

Ourania Sinopoulou specializes in teaching Modern Greek as a second language. Since 2001 she has instructed Modern Greek for Arcadia in Athens. She also lectures for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and for the Institute of Constant Adult Education in Greece where she teaches Modern Greek to immigrants from EU and non-EU countries. She holds a BA in Classical Studies and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics, from the School of Philosophy, at the University of Athens. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Athens in Theoretical Linguistics.

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Dr. Lois Woestman

Instructor, Anthropology
Anthropology/Contemporary Greek Society

Lois Woestman has an impressive list of academic credits including a Ph.D. and an MA of Anthropology from New School for Social Research, New York. She also holds an MA in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague in The Netherlands, a BA in Geography, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, a BA Business Administration and a BA Spanish from Clarke College Clarke College, Dubuque, USA. She is the recipient of many grants and awards including Dissertation Fellowship, New School for Social Research American Fellowship, American Association of University Women and a Fulbright Grant, Institute of International Education, to name a few. She was a visiting lecturer in at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia on the subject of Kinship and Family. She serves as a Researcher and Project Manager at the Agricultural University of Athens in the Marketing & Consumer Behaviour Research Laboratory and studies food composition (EuroFIR), food traceability (Trace), food allergies (EuroPrevall), food crises (SafeFoods).

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