Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Thomas W. Gallant

Nicholas Family Endowed Chair of Modern Greek History

University of California, San Diego
Department of History


Ph.D. 1982 University of Cambridge (Classical Archaeology)
Diploma 1978 University of Cambridge (Classical Archaeology )
B.A. 1976 Western Michigan University (Anthropology)

Principal Publications

The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1768 to 1913. The Long Nineteenth Century. Edinburgh University Press, 2015

Murder on Black Mountain: Love and Death on a Nineteenth Century Greek Island. Princeton University Press, 2008.

The Age of Nationalism: 1768-1914, volume 9 in the Edinburgh History of the Greeks, Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

“The Personal and the Political: Contextualizing Violence in Nineteenth Century Greece,” in Akis Papataxiarchis, ed., History and Anthropology in Greece. (Athens: Nefeli, 2008.

“When Men of Honor Met Men of Law: Ritualized Violence, the Unwritten law, and Modern Criminal Justice,” in Shani d’Cruze, Efy Avdela, and Sheila Rowbotham, eds., Crime, Violence and the Modern State, (London: I.B. Tauris).

“Tales from the Dark Side: Transnational Migration, the Underworld and the ‘Other’ Greeks of the Diaspora,” in Dimitris Tziovas, ed., Diaspora and Migration: Otherness, Identity and Movement In and Out of Greece, London: Ashgate.
“Europe and the Mediterranean: A Reassessment,” in Europe and Asia: Towards a New Cosmopolitanism edited by Gerard Delanty (London: Routledge, 2006), 50-78.

“The Status of Modern Greek and Hellenic Studies in Canada and the York Experience,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 25:1 (2006), 141-151.

“Athens: 1789-1914,” in Encyclopedia of Europe: 1789-1914, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter (New York: Charles Schribners’ Sons, 2005), pp. 135-138.

Experiencing Dominion: Culture, Identity, and Power in the British Mediterranean. (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002). Winner of the "2003 Best Book Prize" from the Modern Greek Studies Association for the most outstanding book in MGS published between 1999 and 2003.

Modern Greece. ( London : Arnold Press, New York : Oxford University Press, 2001).

Risk and Survival in Ancient Greece: Reconstructing the Rural Domestic Economy. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991).

"Hard, Soft and Naked: Power and the Discourse of Law in the British Empire ," Historien, 2004.

"To Ionio Krato kai Koinonia," in Sintomi Istoria tis Neoellenikis Kinonias, 1800-2000 , Edited by Antonis Liakos , (Athens).

"Honor, Masculinity, and Ritual Knife-fighting in Nineteenth Century Greece," American Historical Review , 105, 2 (April, 2000), 359-382.

"Crime, Violence, and Reform of the Criminal Justice System During the Era of Trikoupis." In O Harilaos Trikoupis and I Epochi Tou, edited by K. Aroni-Tsihli and L. Triha, 401-10. Athens: Papazisis, 2000.

"Commentary," Journal of Modern Greek Studies , 17,1 (1999), 203-205.

"Brigandage, Piracy, Capitalism and State-formation: Transnational Crime in an Historical World-systems Perspective," in States and Illegal Networks , edited by Joshua Heyman and Alan Smart, editors. London : Berg Press, 1999, 23-61.

"Murder in a Mediterranean City : Homicide Trends in Athens , 1850-1936," Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 23.2 (1997), 7-28.

"Greek Exceptionalism and Contemporary Historiography: New Pitfall and Old Debates," Journal of Modern Greek Studies , 16:1 (1998), 17-27.

(With George Esenwein) "The Crisis in European History: One Possible Way Forward," Perspectives , December 1996.

"The Historical Setting," in Greece : An Area Studies Handbook (Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 1995), 1-82.

"Collective Action and Atomistic Actors: Labor Unions, Strikes and Crime in Greece in the Post-war Era," in Greece in the 21st Century , edited by Theofanis Stavrou and Dimitri Constas (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 243-321.

"Turning the Horns: Cultural Metaphors, Material Conditions, and the Peasant Language of Resistance in Ionian Islands (Greece ) during the Nineteenth-century," Comparative Studies in Society and History , 36: 4 (1994), 220-237.

"Agency, Structure, and Explanation in Social History: the Case of the Foundling Home on Kephallenia , Greece , during the 1830s," Social Science History, 15:4 (Winter, 1991), 479-508.

"Peasant Ideology and Excommunication for Crime in a Colonial Context: The Ionian Islands ( Greece ), 1817-1864," Journal of Social History , 23 (1990), 485-512.

Department of History, 0104
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0104


Areas of Specialization

Modern Greek Social History and Cultural Anthropology
History of Crime, Law, and Violence in Greece
Ionian Islands and British Imperialism

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Greece and the Balkans in the Age of Nationalism

Greece and the Balkans during the Twentieth Century

The Greek Diaspora

Mediterranean Social History and Anthropology

Comments and Additional Information

President of the MGSA, 2003-2006

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