Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Yiorgos Anagnostou


Ohio State University
Department of Greek and Latin


Ph.D. 1999 Ohio State University
(Anthropology, Modern Greek Studies, Comparative Studies)

Principal Publications


Γλώσσες X Επαφής, Επιστολές εξ Αμερικής. Ενδυμίων, 2016.

The Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (2009, Ohio University Press)

Διασπορικές Διαδρομές. Αθήνα: Απόπειρα (2012) [Poetry collection] [Online]

Book chapter:

Προς μια Χαρτογράφηση της Ελληνοαμερικανικής Μετανάστευσης (1890–1940)

[Mapping Greek American Immigration (1890–1940)]. In «Από την Άπειρο Χώρα στην Μεγάλη Ήπειρο» [From the Eternal Land to the Greater Epirus]. Επιμέλεια, Κατερίνη Λιάμπη, Νικόλαος Κατσικούδης, Νικόλαος Αναστασόπουλος. Κοσμητεία Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής, Ιωάννινα, 2016. Pp. 185–192.

“Citizenship and Entrepreneurship: Greek America as Diaspora at a Time of Crisis,” In Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity, edited by Dimitris Tziovas, 107–132. I.B. Tairus Publishers. 2017.

“Against Cultural Loss: Immigration, Life History, and the Enduring ‘Vernacular.’” In Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity, edited by Katerina Zacharia, 355-77. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008: 355–378.

"Helen Papanikolas, Folklorist of Ethnicity." In Folklore in Utah: A History and Guide to Resources. David Stanley ed. Logan: Utah State University Press. 2004: 67-75.


"Η ¨Ωρα της Διασποράς;" [Diaspora's Moment?] Chronos 55, [Online]

“Norms, Vulnerabilities, Paradoxes: Greeks and MTV.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 35.1 (Spring 2017): 155-179.

“Speaking Greek at the American University over the Last Two Centuries,” Window to Greek Culture, June 2017, Modern Greek Program, University of Michigan, [Online]

“Recollecting Greek America: Reflections on Ethnic Struggle, Success and Survival.” Journal of Modern Hellenism, Vol. 31 (Fall 2015): 148-175. [Online]

“Within the Nation and Beyond: Diaspora Belonging in My Life in Ruins.” Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Issue 3, October 2015. [Online]

“Introduction – Modern Greek Studies and Public Scholarship: Intersections and Prospects.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33 (1): 1–14. May 2015. [Special section on Modern Greek Studies and Public Humanities, Yiorgos Anagnostou Guest Editor] 

“Public Humanities in Greek America: Personal Reflections, Intellectual Vocations.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33 (1): 15–24. May 2015.

“The Diaspora as a Usable Past for a Nation-in-Crisis: Media Readings of Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre.” 2014. Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Occasional Papers, November 5 [Online]

Modern Greek Studies at the University Level: Challenges & Opportunities
The Future of Hellenism in America. A talk given at the 12th Annual Conference of «The American Hellenic Institute»  23 Nov. 2013

“White Ethnicity: A Reappraisal.” Italian American Review. Summer 2013.

“When ‘Second Generation’ Narratives and Hollywood Meet: Making Ethnicity in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” MELUS Vol. 37 (4): 139-63. Winter 2012.

“Reading the Hyphen in Poetry.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 29(2): 279-290. 2011.

“Where does 'Diaspora' Belong? The Point of View from Greek American Studies.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 28 (1): 73-119. 2010.

“A Critique of Symbolic Ethnicity: The Ideology of Choice?”
Ethnicities, Vol. 9(1): 94-122. 2009.

“About Facts and Fictions: Reply to Herbert Gans and Mary Waters.”
Ethnicities, Vol. 9(1): 136-140. 2009.

“Research Frontiers, Academic Margins: Helen Papanikolas and the Authority to Represent the Immigrant Past.” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Vol. 34 (1&2): 9-29. 2008.

“The Politics of Metaethnography in the Age of ‘Popular Folklore.’” Journal of American Folklore 119.474 (2006): 381-412.

“Through the Lenses of Rage: Refracting Success in Greek America.” Modern Greek Studies (Australia, New Zealand) 13 (2005): 132-145.

“Helen Papanikolas as a Humanist: Immigrants, ‘Contact Zones,’ and Empathy in the American West." Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 20/21 (2004/2005): 147-173.

“Forget the Past, Remember the Ancestors! Modernity, ‘Whiteness,’ American Hellenism, and the Politics of Memory in Early Greek America.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 21.1 (2004): 25-71.

“‘That Imagination Called Hellenism:’ Connecting Greek Worlds, Past and Present, in Greek America.” The Classical Bulletin 80.2 (2004): 247-281.

“Private Heirlooms, Public Memories: Tradition and Greek America as Translation.” Gramma: A Journal of Theory and Criticism 12 (2004): 109-125.

“Model Americans, Quintessential Greeks: Ethnic Success and Assimilation in Diaspora.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 12.3 (2003): 279-327.

“‘Whiteness Studies’ in the United States: Theory and Politics.” O Politis 72 (2000): 33-38. [In Greek]

Book Reviews in the Greek American Media

“Greek Americans and African Americans in Conflict and Solidarity.’ Review of George Pelecanos' “The Turnaround.” The National Herald, Vol. 12 (611), June 27, 2009:7.

“The Point of View of a Third-Generation Greek American: Family History and a Woman;s Quest for Roots.” Review of Catherine T. Davidson's “The Priest Fainted.” The National Herald, Book Supplement, December 20, 2008:20-1.

“When Greeks and Turks Met: Cultures in Dialogue.” Review of Demetra Vaka's “The Unveiled Ladies of Istanbul (Stanbul).” 1923. Introduction Yiorgos Kalogeras. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2005. The National Herald, June 28, 2008: 6.

“Empowering Greek American Women.” Review of Constance Callinicos' (1990) “American Aphrodite: Growing Up Female in Greek America.” Pella. The National Herald, Book Supplement, February 23, 2008: 10-11.

“Do not Forget the Race Factor.” Review of Lazar “Larry” Odzak's (2006) “Demetrios is Now Jimmy.”: Greek Immigrants in the Southern United States, 1895-1965. Monograph Publishers. Durham: North Carolina. The National Herald, Book Supplement, Spring 2007.

Essays on the Greek American media

“What Does it Mean to Be Greek American?” The National Herald, November 4, 2011.

“Pericles Should be Across America, Not Just on 31st Street.” The National Herald, May 19, 2011.

“Greek America 101: My Big Greek Wedding's Lessons.” The National Herald, June 25, 2011.

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Dept. of Greek and Latin
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Specialization

Diaspora and Transnational Studies

Ethnicity and Race in the United States

Greek-American Culture and Society

The cultures and ethnography of Greece

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Modern Greek Language

Contemporary Greek Culture

Issues in Greek-American Society

Greek Ethnography and Folklore

Modern Greek Poetry

Athens: The Modern City

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