Demetra Kasimis

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and the College

Demetra Kasimis writes about citizenship, exclusion, and ideas of “natural” difference in the classical and contemporary democratic contexts. She primarily studies the thought and politics of ancient Greece, in a historically sensitive and rhetorical way, and asks what modern receptions of these texts might reveal about political theory’s investments in the romantic ideal of an egalitarian, participatory Athens. Many of these themes come together in her current book project, “Classical Greek Theory and the Politics of Immigration,” which looks at how classical Greek thinkers represent the figure of the immigrant (metic) to explore and contest democratic nativism and blood-based membership.

Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Her work has been published in Political Theory and Oxford Handbooks Online: Classical Studies.

Kasimis received her BA in philosophy and Hellenic studies from Columbia University, after which she spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship studying Greek perceptions of Albanian migrants in Greece. She earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, she served on the faculty of California State University, Long Beach.

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