From the University of Crete to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Professor Costas Lavdas of the University of Crete returns to Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, the historical school of international relations.

Mr. Lavdas will teach this year. He returns after six years in Constantine G. Karamanlis” chair, created in Tufts University, for the promotion of Greek and European Studies in the United States, in honor of Constantine Karamanlis.

The Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair – Shaping the Future/Honoring the Past

The Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is committed to promoting Hellenic and European studies in the United States while honoring a towering figure of Greece’s recent past.

The Chair’s endowment brings academic scholars to The Fletcher School and the Tufts University community, encouraging a renewed focus on modern Greece, Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the European Union, and the crucial role these regions play in world politics. The regular rotation of the holder of the Chair ensures its constant renewal, endows it with new perspectives and subject matters, and has a multiplying effect, as outgoing professors enrich their experience and provide permanent points of contact between their home institutions and Fletcher.

The Chair also forges a strong bond between the Boston area European and Greek communities and members of academia whose interests lie in current Greek and European issues. Through this bond, many opportunities will arise to deconstruct negative stereotypes, overcome obstacles to cooperation, and create innovative ways to move forward, inspiring a more compassionate and peaceful global security.

The Chair was founded at the initiative of the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation in Athens, led by Ambassador Petros Molyviatis and Minister Ahilleas G. Karamanlis, and then Dean of The Fletcher School, General John Galvin, while its endowment has been supported by many friends of Constantine Karamanlis and the Fletcher and Tufts community.

As funding efforts expand, the endowed Constantine Karamanlis Chair will form the core component of the planned Center for Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, providing:

  •     a 1-2 year position for a distinguished scholar
  •     courses for graduate students at Fletcher and for undergraduates at Tufts University
  •     lectures for the community at large on Greece, the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the European Union
  •     working Papers and conference publications
  •     roundtable discussions, debates and conferences
  •     advanced research

Costas Lavdas – Constantine Karamanlis Professor

Kostas A. Lavdas is the Constantine Karamanlis Professor at The Fletcher School, Professor of European Politics, and Director of the Center for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) at the University of Crete, where he was previously Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

He was educated in Greece, the UK (at the London School of Economics and the University of Manchester), and the U.S. (at Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He has published extensively on European politics, comparative public policy, interest group politics, and applied political theory.

He has taught and researched at various universities and research centers in Europe and the U.S., including The Fletcher School and The London School of Economics.

His publications include The Europeanization of Greece: Interest Politics and the Crises of Integration (London: Macmillan, 1997), Politics, Subsidies and Competition (with M. Mendrinou) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 1999), Interests and Politics: Interest Organization and Governance (in Greek) (Athens: Papazisis, 2004), A Republic of Europeans (with D. Chryssochoou) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2011), Stateness and Sovereign Debt (with S. Litsas and D. Skiadas) (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), several chapters in edited volumes and papers in international journals (including the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Politics).

• DHP P229 – Governance and Interest Groups: Comparative and International Perspectives
• DHP P284 – The EU as an International Actor
• DHP P283 – Europeanization and the Domestic Impact of European Integration