Global Programs: Naxos, Greece | Faculty
Ancient and modern Greek through humanities and social science
Elsa serves as the Brown in Greece Summer Program Director. Elsa Amanatidou joined the Brown Classics Department in 2001 after twenty years of working as a language teacher in Greece and the UK. In 2005, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Since 2006 she additionally serves as Director of Brown’s Center for Language Studies. From 1995 until 2001, she held the post of Head of Modern Greek Studies and Deputy Head at the Hellenic College of London, an independent, co-ed, bilingual school. Since 1989, she has held the posts of Examiner and Principal Examiner for GCSE, A Level and O Level public examinations in Modern Greek, in the U.K.
Konstantinos is an Assistant Professor at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He received his PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, Florence. From 2007 to 2012 he taught in the History Department at Brown University. His research focuses on the history and memory of the 1960s, the methodology of oral history, and the use of film as a source for social and culture history. His book "Children of Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.
After graduating with a BA in Classics from Harvard in 2007, Byron MacDougall taught for two years at the Dexter and Southfield Schools in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a Ph.D. student at Brown, Byron works on post-classical Greek literature and cultural history and took his special author exams on Augustine (with Joe Pucci) and Gregory of Nazianzus (with Stratis Papaioannou).
Vangelis was raised in London, United Kingdom and came to the United States for graduate study in 1985. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He has taught Modern Greek literature and culture and comparative literature at Harvard, NYU, and since 2004, at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics, Columbia University. He is also a member of the Balkan Studies faculty at The Harriman Institute and directs the ‘Modern Greek Seminar’ at Columbia’s University Seminars’ Program. In the 1990s, he studied Greek and Turkish relations on Cyprus, most notably in his edited volume, Cyprus and Its People: Nation, Identity and Experience in an Unimaginable Community, 1955-1997 (Westview, 1998). His Modern Greece: A Cultural Poetics (Berg, 2004) discusses the nature of modernity in Greece from just before the founding of the nation state down to the present. In 2012, he edited a set of essays commemorating the work and life of the poet Manolis Anagnostakis (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012). Recently, his book The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece After 1989 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), an interdisciplinary analysis of Greece's position within and without the Balkans and Europe after the Cold War, was awarded the Edmund Keeley Book Prize.
Patricia Felisa Barbeito
Patricia was born in Athens and grew up on four continents. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and is currently Professor of American Literatures at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she teaches courses on race and ethnicity. Focusing on the intersection of literature and race/ethnic politics, her publications on both American and Greek literature have appeared in a variety of journals, including American Literature, The Journal of American Culture and the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. She is co-translator (with Vangelis Calotychos) of Menis Koumandareas’s Their Smell Makes Me Want to Cry (The University of Birmingham Modern Greek Translations, 2004), and translator of The Interrogation (Birmingham Modern Greek Translations, 2013), as well as shorter pieces by Vasilis Gkourogiannis and Sotiris Dimitriou for the online international literature journal, Words Without Borders. She is currently working on a book about the African-American author Chester Himes titled, OneJumpAheadofDisaster: The Politics of Race, Interracial Sex, and Literary Style in Chester Himes’s Writing.