Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Elektra Kostopoulou


Rutgers University

Modern Greek Studies Program


PhD History, 2010, Bosphorus University, Istanbul

MA History, 2004, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

BA History, 2001, Dept of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Principal Publications


Of Minotaurs and Minarets: The Story of Autonomous Crete (1898-1912) (book manuscript in progress).

Η Λέρος στην Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία: Σελίδες από τα Βιβλία της Δημογεροντίας [in Greek: The Island of Leros in the Ottoman Empire through the Books of the Local Elders]. Athens: Filistor Publications, 2005.

Edited Volumes/Special Issues:

Epilogue to Empire: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913 (forthcoming with Gorgias Press), co-editor.

“Ottoman Autonomies,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, guest editor, July 2016.

Book Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“The Leros-PIKPA project: Displacement and Solidarity in the Eastern Mediterranean” (forthcoming), Brill Academic Publishers.

“The Island that Wasn’t: Autonomous Crete (1898-1912) and Experiments of Federalization.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, July 2016.

“From Mosque to Mosque: Past and Present Images of Islamic Space in Greece.” Nationalities Papers, The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, July 2016.

“The Multiple Faces of Autonomy: Ottoman Reform and Nineteenth-Century Crete.” In Governmentality and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean (1880-1920), edited by Socratis Pemezas. Rethymno: Cretan University Press, 2014.

“The Minoans, the Ottomans, and the British: Eastern Mediterranean as an Imperial Space.” In The Islands of the Eastern Mediterranean: A History of Cross-cultural Encounters, edited by Ozlem Çaykent and Luca Zavagno, 63-89. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013.

“Armed Negotiations: The Institutionalization of the Late Ottoman Locality.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 33:3 (2013): 295–309.

“The Art of Being Replaced: The Last of the Cretan Muslims between the Empire and the Nation-State.” In Religion, Ethnicity and Contested Nationhood in the Former Ottoman Space, edited by Jørgen S. Nielsen, 129-147. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012.

“Girit Muhtariyet Dönemi (1898-1912) ve Müslüman Cemaati: Bir Akdeniz Hikayesi [in Turkish: The Period of Cretan Autonomy and the Muslim Community: An Eastern Mediterranean Story]. In Mübadil Kentler [The Cities of the Exchanged], edited by Müfide Pekin, 25-48. Istanbul: Lozan Mübadilleri Vakfı, 2012.

“Μεγάλες Επαναστάσεις και Τοπική Ιστοριογραφία: Η Νήσος Λέρος το 1821 [in Greek: Grand Revolutions and Local Historiography: the Island of Leros in 1821],” Leriaka 3 (2012).

“Kostas Simitis'in yeni çıkan kitabı vesilesiyle [in Turkish: On the Occasion of Kostas Simitis’s New Book].” Toplumsal Tarih 185 (2009): 8-10.

“Η Υγιεινή στις Ελληνικές Κοινότητες της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας στα Τέλη του Δεκάτου Ενάτου Αιώνα: Η Περίπτωση της Λέρου [in Greek: Hygiene in the Hellenic Communities of the Late-Ninettenth Century Ottoman Empire: The case of Leros].” Leriaka 1 (2007): 45-70.

“Το Κύκνειο Άσμα του Ναζισμού: Η Μάχη της Λέρου [Nazism's Swan Song: The Battle of Leros].” Historika 10 (September 2003): 10-15.


“When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1993, by Vally Lytra.” (forthcoming in Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies).

“Capricious Borders: Minority, Population, and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey by Olga Demetriou.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33, no. 1 (2015): 191–93.

“Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective, by Karen Barkey.” The Books’ Journal 47 (September 2014) [in Greek].

“The Social, Administrative, Economic, and Political Dimensions of the Ottoman Army: Cretan Janissaries, 1750-1826 [in Greek], by Yannis Spyropoulos.” Dissertation Reviews (2014),

Podcasts and Conversations:

“Engaging with Humans behind the Headlines.” Rutgers Around the World Podcast (Episode 5 - October 4, 2017)

“Erdoğan is (Partially) Right: Turkey’s Referendum Has Something to Do with Democracy.” Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

“Local Autonomy and the Tanzimat: the Case of Crete.” Ottoman History Podcast. No 113 (July 11, 2013)

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Areas of Specialization

Ottoman History/ Modern Greek History/ Global-World History/ Europe and the Middle East/ Migration-Refugee Studies and Global Justice

Periods of interest:

18th-21th century.

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Migrants and Refugees in the Eastern Mediterranean: Past, Present, and Future.

Fin-de-Siècle Smyrna: Colonialism, Empire, and Nation-State at the turn of the twentieth century.

Cyprus: A Global History (16th-21th century).

The Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and WWI (1914-1918): Shattering Images of the Modern.

From Constantinople to Istanbul: An Urban History.

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