The Center for Hellenic Studies — Studying the history, literature, archaeology, and culture of the Greek world across time and space.

Director's Welcome


Welcome to the Center for Hellenic Studies at UC – San Diego!

The new academic year has just begun and all of us at the Center for Hellenic Studies are excited to continue to offer a stimulating program of lectures by world-authorities and to celebrate our students and affiliated faculty.

Our lecture program for 2019-2020 features pedagogy talks, an analysis of the recent Greek elections, a report on the antiquities discovered while building Thessaloniki’s metro system, the annual Vassiliadis and Ranglas lectures, and a celebration of our students, among many others.  The program will be updated throughout the year.

David Idol and Kalliopi Kefalas, both advised by Tom Gallant, received their doctoral degrees this year.  Lance Mylonakis who graduated last year has a position at San Diego Mesa College.  Juan Carmona-Zabala is an Assistant Professor at United Arab Emirates University, after a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Vienna University of Business and Economics.

The Center for Hellenic Studies was able to award five travel fellowships to five UC – San Diego undergraduates who attended a study abroad program in Greece.   Their testimonials of how rewarding the experience was speak for themselves:

Studying abroad is a privilege that I will treasure for the rest of my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity that this scholarship granted me, which allowed me to explore not only  Athens but much of Greece to gain a well-rounded understanding of the land, its people, and its history." 

"What I learned studying abroad in Greece was that being able to see and be in the environment where some of these amazing historic events or buildings once stood really solidifies the learning process and gives the information a whole new dimension and layer that you can relate to. As a theater major for example, it was a dream come true and one of my most cherished experiences to learn about ancient Greek theater and then see a Greek play in one of these ancient sites."

"After my experience studying abroad in Greece, I can confidently say that there is no better way to learn subject matter than being in the its place of origin or of great significance. I was literally in another world and it enhanced my learning experience because I was able to connect the content I was learning to reality."

"The short time that I spent in Greece was filled with so many experiences, so much awe and wonder, that it inspired me to really strive for these experiences not only when I am abroad but also when I am home."

The Center for Hellenic Studies at UC San Diego offers a unique way to examine the history, culture and physical remains of over 3,000 years of Greek history.  The Center is a vibrant modern forum that fosters an intellectual community nationally and internationally, where local and international faculty, researchers, and students can collaborate and study the Hellenic world.  Our affiliated faculty members and graduate students are housed in the History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Theater and Dance Departments, we have partnerships with institutions in Greece, Italy, Israel, China, and Canada, and we often host visiting scholars from other countries

The Center for Hellenic Studies is a core part of the university's mission.  We look forward to to strengthening our networks with other scholars and institutions and promoting excellence in cutting-edge research.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at our events.  


Denise Demetriou
Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies
Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Chair in Ancient Greek History