Kostis Karpozilos

Stavros Niarchos Postdoctoral Fellow

Columbia University

Adjunct Lecturer

Columbia University

Kostis Karpozilos is an adjunct lecturerer, as well as a Stavros Niarchos Post-Doc Fellow at Columbia University. He has earned a degree in Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (2002), completed an M.A. in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield (2003) and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Crete (2010). His doctoral thesis entitled “Greek-American Workers, the Communist Movement and the Labor Unions (1900-1950): In Search of Labor Americanism in the Years of Great Depression” focused on Greek-American labor communities, social transformations in the Depression Decade and the New Deal dynamics, challenging thus the traditional viewpoint that presented the history of Greek immigration as a series of “ethnic successes” and “business accomplishments”.

Kostis Karpozilos is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Ex-Communists: Cold War 'Turncoats' and 'Redeemers', which deals with the transfer of allegiances, the interrelation of the political and the personal and the multiple ways radicals and revolutionaries become “exes”. After obtaining his Ph.D from the University of Crete he taught at the University of the Peloponnese and at the Sciences Po Euro-American campus in Reims. His first book, on the 19th century Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis, came out in 2013 and he is the scriptwriter of the historical documentary Greek-American Radicals- the Untold Story, which narrates the forgotten world of ethnic radicalism.