Director

Dr. Stefanos Katsikas

Director, Program in Modern Greek Studies of School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics
Coordinator, Program in Modern Greek Language, Linguistics
Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
European Union Center
Center for Global Studies
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Program in Modern Greek Studies, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3092D Foreign Languages Building (FLB), MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 3092D Foreign Language Bldg.

 

Telephone: 217-300-7188
Email: skatsika@illinois.edu
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As Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Stefanos Katsikas is responsible for providing leadership for the academic mission, curriculum and overall academic development of the program and for overseeing the program’s outreach and advancement efforts as well as its budget.

Dr. Katsikas, joined the Program in Modern Greek Studies and the University of Illinois in 2012. His own research lies in the field of Modern history and politics of Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, including the modern history and politics of Greece and Cyprus and has focused on issues of democratization, post-conflict resolution and regional security in the region in both contemporary and historical settings. He is currently working on three research projects: a) Christian-Muslim relations in Modern Greece (forthcoming monograph from Oxford University Press, book contract) b) Reconciliation and Transitional justice in post-Civil War Greece; c) Muslim Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy in the late 19th century. Dr. Katsikas’ wider research interest include: the fall of empires and the rise of national ideologies in 19th and 20th century Europe; democracy and authoritarianism in interwar, Cold and Post-Cold War Europe; and corruption, human trafficking and organized crime in Europe

Prior to Illinois, Dr. Katsikas held a faculty position of History at Goldsmiths College, University of London where in AY 2010/11-2011/12 he served as Convener (Director, in USA) of MA (Master of Arts) and MRes (Master of Research) History programs and be one of the instructors of HRH Beatrice, Princess of York. Dr. Katsikas earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from the Ionian University, Greece, his Master’s degree in Southeast European Studies from the University College London (UCL) and his doctoral degree in Social Science from the University College London (UCL). Dr. Katsikas took his faculty position at the University of Nottingham, U.K.

Research Interests

Democratization, Post-conflict resolution and security in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
Corruption, human trafficking and organized crime in Southeastern Europe
Fall of empires and the rise of national ideologies in the late 19th and 20th century Europe
Religion and Politics in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

Education

  • PhD in Social Science, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • MA in Southeastern Europe, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • BA in History, Ionian Univeristy, Corfu

Current Projects

  • Muslim-Christian Relations in Modern Greece (forthcoming monograph, Oxford University Press)
  • Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Post-Civil War Greece
  • Muslim Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy in the late 19th century Greece

Participation in Media

International media appearances include BBC ONE, NBC, BBC, BBC World Service, London Greek Radio (LGR), The Greek Star, Odyssey MagazineCurrent HistoryCyprus National TV 1 (RIK 1) and Cyprus National Radio 3 (RIK 3), WILL-AM, Illinois Public Media. As an expert on Muslim-Christian relations in Modern Greece and the Balkans, I was flown in to Western Thrace, Greece, for an on-site interview with Hollywood actress and film producer Rita Wilson about her family ancestry for the popular BBC/NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?

Publications

Books

The book was awarded the 2011 Scouloudi publication award by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (See: http://www.history.ac.uk/fellowships/awards/scouloudi)

Books Edited

Journal Articles

Book Contributions

  • Katsikas, Stefanos. "Transitional Justice and Memory in Europe (1945-2013)." "Transitional Justice after the Collapse of Dictatorship in Greece (1974-2000)". Ed. Nico Wouters. Cambridge: Intersentia, 2014. 259-286.
  • "Millet Legacies in a National Environment: Political Elites and Muslim Communities in Greece (1830s-1923)." State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims (1830s-1945). London; New York: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2012. 51-73.
  • "A Hostage Minority: The Muslims of Greece (1923-1941)." State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims (1830s-1945). London; New York: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2012. 164-190.
  • Katsikas, Stefanos, and Peter Siani-Davies. ""Ο καπνικός νόμος του 1953: πολιτικό μέτρο απομάκρυνσης της κομμουνιστική απειλής από ένα εργατικό δυναμικό με έντονη συνδικαλιστική δράση;" ("The Tobacco Act of 1953: Political Measure to Remove the Communist Threat from a Labor Force with Strong Unionist Activity?)." Αφηγήσεις για τη δεκαετία του 1940 (Narratives about 1940). Comp. Eleni Paschaloudi, Ilias Skoulidas, and Katerina Tsekou. Ed. Vasilis Dalkavoukis. Athens: Epikentro, 2012. 213-228.
  • "The Europeanization of Bulgarian Society: A Long-Lasting Political Project." Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities. London; New York; New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010. 1-22.
  • "Negotiating Diplomacy in Post-Communist Bulgaria: Sofia’s Balkan Policy in the Post-Cold War Period." Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities. London; New York; New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010. 129-54.
  • "Epilogue." Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities. London; New York; New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010. 193-96.

Special Issue of a Journal

Website Articles

Boook Reviews

  • Katsikas, Stefanos. "Book Review." Rev. of Oi Mousoulmanikoi Plithismoi stin Ellada (1912-1923): Apo tin Ensomatosi stin Antallagi (in Greek) [Muslim Populations in Greece (1912-1923): From Integration to the [Population] Exchange], by Giannis Glavinas. Deltiou Kentrou Mikrasiatikon Spoudon (Bulletin of Asia Minor Studies) 19 (2015): 419-424.
  • Katsikas, Stefanos . "Book Review." Rev. of The Balkans: A Post-Communist History, by Robert Bideleux and Ian Jeffries.Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 11.1 (2009): 117-119.
  • Katsikas, Stefanos. "Book Review." Rev. of An Introduction to Post-Communist Bulgaria: Political, Economic and Social Transformations, by Emil Giatzidis. Europe-Asia Studies 56.1 (2004): 174-176.

Grants and Funding

Fellowships

  • 2008 –2009: John S. Latsis postdoctoral fellow for my participation in the project entitled ‘From Religious Communities to Minorities: The Greek Orthodox Minority in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and the Muslim Minority in Greece, 1830 -1940’, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens
  • 2005: Bulgarian Ministry of Education fellow, Summer School (Leten Seminar), Bankya, Bulgaria
  • 2000-2001: £18,000 Lilian Voudouris graduate fellowship for my Ph.D. studies at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • 1998-1999:  £7,000 Lilian Voudouris graduate fellowship  to complete my MA studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • 1993-1994 – 1997-1998: €2,000 Institute for State fellowship (IKY) for my undergraduate studies  at the Department of History, Ionian University
  • 1994-95: €1,000 Institute for State Scholarships (IKY) for my undergraduate studies at the Department of History, Ionian University

Research Grants

  • 2013-2014: $3,015 by the EU through the European Union Center’s Excellence grant at UIUC for my project ‘Problems of Regional Security in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • 2012-2013: $1,500 grant from the from the US federal government Title VI program for the development of a one-credit enhancement course in Modern Greek
  • 2012-2013: $4,000 research grant from the US federal government Title VI program for a project ‘Religion, Peace and Conflict: Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (18th-21st centuries)’
  • 2011-2012: €2,000 research grant by the Peace Building Division of the Belgian Federal Public Service, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for my participation in the European project entitled 'Transitional Justice after War and Dictatorship: Learning from European Experience (1945-2000)’, which was coordinated by the Belgian Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CEGES/SOMA) (principal investigator)
  • 2008 -2009: €70,000 postdoctoral funding from John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for my participation in the project entitled ‘From Religious Communities to Minorities: The Greek Orthodox Minority in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and the Muslim Minority in Greece, 1830 -1940’, which was coordinated by the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens (co-principal investigator or Senior Coordinator, as it was called)
  • 2001-2002:  £500 grant (£ 250 from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and £ 250 from the University College London (UCL) Graduate Office) for the purpose of undertaking three months field research in Bulgaria (principal investigator)

Conference Grants

  • 2012-2013: $750 Conference grant from the European Union Center (EUC), UIUC to present a paper at the ‘Bridging the Balkans Conference’ at King’s College London on the occasion of the centenary of the signing of the London Peace Conference (May 2013), which marked the end of the First Balkan War.
  • 12 -14 April 2007: £400 British academy conference grant to participate in the Association for the Study of Nationalities 12th annual convention 2007, Columbia University, New York
  • 14 January 2010: €10,000 from John S. Latsis Foundation for the organization of the one-day conference ‘From Religious Communities to Minorities: Greek Orthodox in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and Muslims in Greece’, held at the University of Athens
  •  3-5 July 2008: €5,000 from John S. Latsis Foundation to organize the panel  ‘Muslims and Christian Orthodox in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey, 19th century to the Eve of the Second World War’, as part of the conference Empires and Nations and held at the premises of the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), organized by the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
  • 10 March 2004: £10,000 for the organization of the one-day conference ‘Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities, 19th century to the Present’, held at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

FUNDRAISING

Funds raised for the UIUC Program in Modern Greek Studies:

Total of $ 352,000 of external funding and $ 156,400 internal funding: 

  • 2014-2015: $420,000 pledges in total from: 1. Hellenic Studies Support Network of Chicago ($180,000) (external funding), 2. Houston Family Foundation ($60,000) (external funding) and 3.Alexander S. Onassis Foundation ($60,000) (external funding),  matched with $120,000 by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), UIUC (internal funding)
  • 2014-2015: $12,000 fundraising dinner in Champaign  at residence of Dean Mary Kalantzis and Dr. William Cope, Champaign, IL (external funding)
  • 2014-2015: $30,000 fundraising dinner for the Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC at the Cultural Center of the Hellenic-American Community of Greater Chicago, Chicago, IL (external funding)
  • 2014-2015: € 10,000, John S. Latsis Foundation, Athens, Greece (external funding)
  • 2013-2014: $ 3,200 Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)/MillerComm grant to invite Prof. Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University) for a CAS/MillerComm lecture – high- profile lecture series at UIUC (internal funding)
  • 2012-2013: $10,000 grant from the Public Engagement Fund, Office of the Provost, UIUC to organize a Greek Film Festival in Champaign in spring semester 2013 (internal funding)
  • 2012-2013: $3,200 Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)/MillerComm grant to invite Prof. Kevin Featherstone (London School of Economics and Political Science) for a CAS/MillerComm lecture (internal funding)
  • 2012-2015:  $20,000 in co-sponsorships from various units across campus for various events organized by the Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC (internal funding)

Awards and Recognition

  • Scouloudi Publication Award from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London for the publication of my monograph Negotiating Diplomacy in the New Europe: Foreign Policy in Post-Communist Bulgaria: Electronic link: http://www.history.ac.uk/fellowships/awards/scouloudi (highest  £1,000 award, 2011
  • Illinois Teachers Ranked as Excellent: Fall 2012-Spring 2015 for the following courses:
    • GRKM 201 ‘Elementary Modern Greek I’ (fall 2012, 2013)
    • GRKM 202 ‘Elementary Modern Greek II’  (spring 2013)
    • GRKM 403 ‘Intermediate Modern Greek I’ (fall 2012)
    • GRKM 404 ‘Intermediate Modern Greek II’ (spring 2013)
    • GRKM 199 Undergraduate Open Seminar: ‘Modern Greece through Cinema, Art and Literature’ (spring 2014)
    • My study abroad course GLBL 298 ‘Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution in Modern Cyprus: Life and Culture Divided by A Wall’, in which I was overall evaluated by students with 4.9 out of 5.0, with the fieldtrip part being evaluated with 5.0 out 5.0 (full marks). (Fall 2013)
    • Goldsmiths College Peake Learning and Teaching Award nominee, 2012: the aim of this award is to identify innovative teaching practice that can be disseminated both within the institution and to the wider HE sector.

Teaching

  • SLCL 200/GRKM 199 (fall semester): “Partnership in Crisis: Greece and the EU”
  • SLCL 200/GRKM 199 (spring semester): “Pirates, Merchants and Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean Sea”

Service/Administration

  • Director, Program in Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
    • Provide leadership for the academic mission, curriculum and overall academic development of the program
    • Oversee the program’s outreach and advancement efforts as well as the program’s budget
    • Oversees the program’s Teaching and clerical staff
    • Ex officio member of the program’s advisory board and all the program’s administration and faculty committees

Professional Activities

  • Advisor and Associate of the Film Hellenes Chicago.
  • Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Modern Greek Studies Association.”