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I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Politics and International Relations at the University of Lincoln. I was born in Greece and I have lived and worked in the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom. I hold degrees in Politics, Law, and European and International Studies. I studied at King’s College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the universities of Surrey, Thessaloniki and Athens.
My current research agenda focuses on:
climate change and democratic politics,
authoritarian resilience and autocratisation,
behavioural complexity and the limits of expert knowledge.
I am now working on my second book with the provisional title ‘Democratic Backsliding: Capitalism, Authoritarianism and Civil Society’.
I am currently a lecturer, module convenor, seminar teacher, tutor and dissertation advisor at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Lincoln. I previously taught classes at King's College London, the European University Institute and the London School of Economics (LSE).
I am a scholar of democratic politics and authoritarianism. Most of my published work focuses on democracy’s performance in conditions of crisis and delegitimation, such as economic crisis, corruption and patterns of discrimination based on gender and minority status. My research stands at the intersection of political theory and comparative politics, using methods such as archival research, interviews, content analysis and co-production.
At the University of Lincoln, I served in several leadership roles at the School and College level. I was Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies in 2019-2020. I am currently the Year 2 tutor.
I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. I regularly engage in journal peer review and I have given several public lectures in the UK, the United States and Greece.
MOST RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE
2018 - Present
University of Lincoln
2016 - 2018
European University Institute
Max Weber Fellow
King's College London
Teaching Fellow and Visiting Lecturer
2017 – Clientelism and corruption: institutional adaptation of state capture strategies in view of resource scarcity in Greece’ (with Vasiliki Tsagkroni). British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (2): 263-281
2017 – The problem of constitutional legitimation: what the debate on electoral quotas tells us about the legitimacy of decision-making rules in constitutional choice. Constitutional Political Economy, 28 (2): 195-208
Challenges of democracy and democratic innovations
I explore deficiencies, pathologies and challenges for contemporary democracies, such as persistent problems of bias and discrimination at the expense of women, minorities and marginalised groups, questions of legitimacy, constitutional reform and democracy promotion. I currently work on deliberative democratic theory and the challenge of climate change.
Democracy and authoritarianism
What risks contemporary democracies face? How likely is a slide to authoritarianism? What explains democratic resilience? What can undermine the autonomy and strength of civil society? Tap on the links below to find out about my empirical and theoretical work on democracy and authoritarianism
Political economy and public policy, the role of experts and limits to knowledge
My work on political economy explores how key pathologies of politics affect the design and implementation of public policy, from how clientelism and party politics hijacks the decision-making process to how scientific experts and scientific models can indeed help governance rather than making policymakers overly confident regarding what they can achieve and how.
Clientelism and corruption
Clientelism - the exchange of benefits between political patrons and their clients - goes far beyond vote-buying and engulfs interest groups, the civil society and the public administration. Focusing on the case of Greece, I brought new insights about forms of clientelism that are ingrained in party politics and become structural traits of the political and economic system, limiting the choices of reform-oriented administrations too and creating a political system systematically biased in favour of its insiders. Read more about 'the clientelist bias' in my book Clientelism and Economic Policy and discover how relevant this analysis is for your country too
I have a consolidated teaching experience as a lecturer, module convenor, seminar teacher and dissertation supervisor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This experience has helped me develop effective teaching skills. Still, I consider pedagogical development as an ongoing learning process and I regularly participate in teaching training events. Since 2022, I am a Higher Education Academy Fellow.
My teaching is driven by the idea that knowledge empowers students to become creative, reflective and informed problem-solvers. In curriculum design, I have employed a research-led approach by integrating research findings in the reading materials and instructing students how to read and evaluate published research. I ask my students to think about how reading and doing research can help them better understand and address problems in society.
Current and most recent teaching
Challenges of European Politics (undergraduate module): module coordinator lecturer and seminar teacher (2018-2022)
Global Civil Society (undergraduate module): module coordinator lecturer and seminar teacher (2021-2022)
Thinking Politics (undergraduate module): lecturer and seminar teacher (2019-2022)
Global Conflicts and Contexts (undergraduate module): lecturer (2018-2022)
Transnational Security Studies (undergraduate module): module coordinator lecturer and seminar teacher (2019-2020)
Researching Politics and International Relations (undergraduate module): lecturer (2018-2020)
Comparing Legislatures (postgraduate module): lecturer and seminar teacher (2018-2020)
Thinking IR (undergraduate module); seminar teacher
International Relations of the Middle East (undergraduate module): module coordinator lecturer and seminar teacher (2018-2019)
Human Rights (undergraduate module): seminar teacher (2018-2021)