Paschalis Kitromilides

Founder Member and Former President of the European Society for the History of Political Thought.

In 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Society for the History of Political Thought.

Academic training

Political Science and Modern European History, Wesleyan University (B.A. with Highest Honors in Government, 1972); post graduate studies in Political Science, Harvard University (M.A., 1975, Ph.D., 1979).

University career

Lecturer on Government, Harvard University (1978-1979); Associate Professor (1983) and Professor (1987-2016) of Political Science, University of Athens; Visiting Professor of Politics, Brandeis University (1987); Visiting Fellow (1989-1990) and Life member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; Visiting Fellow (1989-1990), Saint Antony’s College (1993) and Saint Cross College (1997), University of Oxford; Directeur d’Études invité, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1990, 2001); Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, European University Institute Florence (2010); Visiting Professor, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Villa I Tatti, Florence (2012).

  • Director, Centre d’Etudes d’Asie Mineure (1980-1995).
  • Director, Institute for Neohellenic Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (2000-2011).
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Bucharest (2013).
  • Honorary Fellow, Institut d’ Études Sud-Est Européennes, Romanian Academy (2011).
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, France (2003).
  • Commander of the Order of Honour, Hellenic Republic (2015).


His expertise is on the history of political thought. His special field of research is the Enlightenment in South-eastern Europe, focusing on the central role of its Neohellenic component. He is a professor of political science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 1983. He was elected full member of the Academy of Athens on 6 February 2020.


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