About

In 2014 UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities, with the help of a million-dollar gift from an anonymous donor, launched an academic Center for Hellenic Studies to advance scholarship on the history, literature, archaeology, and culture of the Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek worlds, and to support the initiatives of scholars working in each of these fields. Through the events it sponsors, its visiting scholars program, the partnership network it has created, and the research collections it has developed, the Center is uniquely committed to the support of scholarship on the Greek world that reaches across traditional geographic and temporal boundaries to give the fullest possible sense of the Greek experience.

The Center for Hellenic Studies is anchored by three endowed faculty chairs in Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek history, located in UC San Diego’s History Department. These chairs are: the Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Chair in Ancient Greek History, established in 2005; the Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Chair in Byzantine Greek History, established in 2005; and the Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History, established in 2008. The chairs were endowed thanks to generous contributions, including from the Hellenic Cultural Society and the local Greek community. UC San Diego is one of the first campuses in North America to have teaching and research positions for distinguished scholars in all three major Greek eras.

Meet the Endowed Chairs

  • Denise Demetriou

    Denise Demetriou

    Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Chair in Ancient Greek History
    Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, 2016-2018

  • Thomas Gallant

    Thomas Gallant

    Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History
    Co-Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, 2014-2016

  • Edward Watts

    Edward Watts

    Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Chair in Byzantine Greek History
    Co-Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, 2014-2016

Please consider supporting UC San Diego’s Center for Hellenic Studies through an act of philanthropy. Donors can contribute to the Center’s general fund, give now online, or support a program of their choosing. For more information regarding giving opportunities, please contact Julie Bronstein, Senior Director of Development at (858) 534-9043/ jmbronstein@ucsd.edu or Tracy Johnson, Director of Development at (858) 822-0056/ tracyj@ucsd.edu.

Thank you for your generosity and support!