Assistant Professor

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Demetra Kasimis is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on democratic theory with emphasis on the thought and politics of classical Greece and its contemporary receptions. She is particularly interested in questions of membership, exclusion, and immigration, all of which she explores in her book manuscript. Kasimis’ research has been funded by the NEH, ACLS, and Mellon and Fulbright Foundations. 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. Previously, Kasimis taught at Yale as a postdoctoral fellow before joining the faculty at California State University, Long Beach as an assistant professor of political science. At the University of Chicago, Kasimis is also an associated faculty member of the Department of Classics and a member of the affiliated faculty of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. 

 Selected Publications:

  • The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy (Cambridge University Press, August 2018).
  • “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.

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