Dr. Stefanos Katsikas

Dr. Stefanos Katsikas

Contact Information

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3092D Foreign Languages Building (FLB), MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 3092D Foreign Language Bldg.

Office Hours

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30-4.30 p.m.
Coordinator, Program Modern Greek Language
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Biography

As Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Stefanos Katsikas is responsible for providing leadership for the academic mission, curriculum and overall academic development of the program and for overseeing the program’s outreach and advancement efforts as well as its budget. 

Dr. Katsikas, joined the Program in Modern Greek Studies and the University of Illinois in 2012. His own research lies in the field of Modern history and politics of Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, including the modern history and politics of Greece and Cyprus and has focused on issues of democratization, post-conflict resolution and regional security in the region in both contemporary and historical settings. He is currently working on three research projects: a)Christian-Muslim relations in Modern Greece (forthcoming monograph from OxfordUniversity Press, book contract) b) Reconciliation and Transitional justice inpost-Civil War Greece; c) Muslim Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy in the late 19thcentury. Dr. Katsikas’ wider research interest include: the fall of empires andthe rise of national ideologies in 19th and 20th century Europe; democracy and authoritarianism in interwar, Cold and Post-Cold War Europe; and corruption, human trafficking and organized crime in Europe

Prior to Illinois, Dr. Katsikas held a faculty position of History at Goldsmiths College, University of London where in AY 2010/11-2011/12 he served as Convener (Director, in USA) of MA (Master of Arts) and MRes (Master of Research) History programs and be one of the instructors of HRH Beatrice, Princess of York. Dr. Katsikas earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from the Ionian University, Greece, his Master’s degree in Southeast European Studies from the University College London (UCL) and his doctoral degree in Social Science from the University College London (UCL). Dr. Katsikas took his faculty position at the University of Nottingham, U.K.

Research Interests

  • Modern history and politics of Southeastern Europe; Modern history and politics of Hellenism (Greece, Cyprus, Hellenic Diaspora)

Research Description

Democratization, post-conflict resolution and regional security in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

Corruption,human trafficking and organized crime in Southeastern Europe

Fall of Empires and rise of national ideologies in 19th and 20th century Europe

Religion and Politics in Southeastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean

Democracy and authoritarianism in interwar and Cold War Europe

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Reconciliation and transitional Justice in post-Civil War Greece

Christian-Muslim relations in Modern Greece (forthcoming monograph, Oxford University Press)

Muslim Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy in the late 19th century Greece

Education

  • • 2006: PhD in Social Science, University College London (UCL)
  • • 2000: MA in Southeastern European Studies, University College London (UCL)
  • • 1998: BA in History (First Class, Hons), History Department, Ionian University (Greece)

Grants

  • • Academic Year 2013/14: $3,015 by the EU through the European Union Center’s Excellence grant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for my project “Problems of Regional Security in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean”
  • • Academic year 2011/12: €2,000 research grant by the Peace Building Division of the Belgian Federal Public Service, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for my participation in the European project entitled 'Transitional Justice after War and Dictatorship: Learning from European Experience (1945-2000)’, which was coordinated by the Belgian Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CEGES/SOMA)
  • • Academic year 2012/13: $1,500 grant from the from the US federal government Title VI program for the development of a one-credit enhancement course in Modern Greek
  • • Academic year 2012/13: $4,000 research grant from the US federal government Title VI program for a project “Religion, Peace and Conflict: Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (18th-21st centuries)”
  • • January 2008 – December 2009: €70,000 postdoctoral funding from John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for my participation in the project entitled ‘From Religious Communities to Minorities: The Greek Orthodox Minority in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and the Muslim Minority in Greece, 1830 -1940’, which was coordinated by the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens
  • • 12 -14 April 2007: £400 British academy conference grant to participate in the Association for the Study of Nationalities 12th annual convention 2007, Columbia University, New York
  • • 17 July - 6 August 2005: £900 from Bulgarian Ministry of Education to participate in the Summer School (Leten Seminar), Bankya, Bulgaria
  • • Academic year 2001/02: £500 grant (£ 250 from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and £ 250 from the University College London (UCL) Graduate Office) for the purpose of undertaking three months field research in Bulgaria
  • • Academic year 2000/01: £18,000 research grant from the Lilian Voudouris Foundation in Athens for my Ph.D
  • • Academic year 1998/1999: £7,000 from Lilian Voudouris Foundation to complete my MA studies
  • • Academic year 1993/94 – 1997/1998: €2,000 scholarship from Institute for State Scholarships (IKY)
  • • Academic year 1994/5: €1,000 scholarship from Institute for State Scholarships (IKY)

Courses

  • • SLCL 200/GRKM 199 (fall semester): “Partnership in Crisis: Greece and the EU”
  • • SLCL 200/GRKM 199 (spring semester): “Pirates, Merchants and Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean Sea”