Assistant Professor

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Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Thursday 2:30-4:30

Demetra Kasimis is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching include democratic theory and the history of political thought especially in classical Athens; membership politics and migration; post-war continental political theory; and feminist theory. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in philosophy and concentrated in Hellenic Studies before receiving her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. At Chicago, she is an associated faculty member of the Department of Classics, a member of the affiliated faculty and board of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and a fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT). Kasimis is an associate editor of POLIS: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought, for which she oversees submissions on the political aspects of Greek literature. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Selected Publications:

  • Medea the Refugee," The Review of Politics 82:3 (2020).
  • The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy (Cambridge University Press, August 2018; paperback, 2019). [Podcast Interview]
  • “Plato’s Open Secret,” Contemporary Political Theory 15.4: 339-357 (2016).
  • “Greek Literature in Contemporary Political Theory and Thought," Oxford Handbooks Online. February 13, 2015.
  • “The Tragedy of Blood-Based Membership: Secrecy and the Politics of Immigration in Euripides’ Ion,” Political Theory 41, no. 2 (April 2013), pp. 231–256.

Curriculum Vitae