Demetra Fannie Kasimis

Demetra Kasimis graduated from Columbia University and received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Long Beach where she has taught since the fall of 2012. Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Kasimis was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center and taught classes in the history of political thought as part of the Directed Studies program.  Kasimis' writing and teaching focus on the thought and politics of Greek antiquity and their modern receptions as well as questions of citizenship, immigration, and political difference in the classical and contemporary democratic contexts. She has additional interests in gender theory and Modern Greek language, literature, and politics. 

Kasimis is currently carrying out a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and, as a visiting fellow at Yale, working on a book project, tentatively titled Classical Greek Theory and the Politics of Immigration. She is on research leave from CSULB until July 2015.

(Under Contract) Classical Greek Theory and the Politics of Immigration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Peer-Reviewed Articles
Demetra Kasimis. "Greek Literature in Contemporary Political Theory and Thought."  Oxford Handbooks Online. February 13, 2015.

Demetra Kasimis. 2013. "The Tragedy of Blood-Based Membership: Secrecy and the Politics of Immigration in Euripides’
Ion." Political Theory, 41(2): 231–256.

Book Review
Demetra Kasimis. 2012. Review of C.E. Luschnig and P. Woodruff (trans.), Euripides: Electra Plays, Phoenician Women, Bacchae, Iphigenia at Aulis. The Classical Review, 62(2).


2014-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

2014-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Faculty (declined)

2010-2012 Mellon Postdoctoral Associate, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University

2009-2010 American Council for Learned Societies Mellon Early Career Award Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2008-2009 Postgraduate Research Fellowship, Aristotle Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (declined)

2008-2009 Alumnae Dissertation Fellowship, Northwestern University

2007-2008 Associate Membership, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

2007-2008 Graduate Affiliate Award, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University

2007 Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University

2006 Award of Distinction, Comprehensive Examination, Northwestern University

2003-2004 University Scholarship, Northwestern University

2001-2002 Fulbright Scholarship, Project on “Perceptions of Albanian Immigrants in Greece,” Athens, Greece

                                    Assistant Professor
                                    Political Science Department
                                    California State University, Long Beach
                                    250 Bellflower Boulevard, SSPA 257
                                    Long Beach, California 90840

                                    B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University, 2001
                                    M.A. Columbia University, 2003
                                    Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2010