Associate Professor of History; Department Chair
Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens, Greece and was educated in the U. K. where he received a D.Phil. in Modern History at Oxford University in 1984. His doctoral dissertation, completed at St. Antony's College under the supervision of Roger Owen and Albert Hourani examined the history of the Greek diaspora in modern Egypt . Kitroeff has taught at Queens College CUNY; Princeton University; Temple University & New York University, and in 1996 began teaching at Haverford College, where he is presently Associate Professor of History. In 2011-12 he held the Visiting Venizelos Chair of Modern Greek Studies at the American College in Greece. In 2012 he was elected to a 4-year term as member of Council at Panteion University, Athens.
The courses he offers at Haverford focus on the social history of Modern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
B.A., University of Warwick
M.A., University of Keele
D.Phil., Oxford University
Kitroeff researches and publishes on nationalism and ethnicity in modern Greece and its diaspora and its manifestations across a broad spectrum, from politics to sports. He has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, The Center for Neo-Hellenic Research, the Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. He has published four books: The Greeks in Egypt: Ethnicity & Class 1919-37 (1989); Griegos en America (1992), Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek identity & the Olympics (2004) and a history of the Athens-based sports association "Panathinaikos" (in Greek, 2010). A collection of his articles on the Jews of Greece has also appeared in book-form. Kitroeff has collaborated with award winning director Maria Iliou as a historical consultant on three documentary films, "The Journey: the Greek American Dream"; "Smyrna: the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City"; "From Both Sides of the Aegean: Expulsion & Exchange." He is currently completing a book-length study of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.