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Gonda Van Steen, PhD

Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London

Gonda van Steen holds the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature and is Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. She earned a Ph.D. in Classics and Hellenic Studies from Princeton University and held the Cassas Chair in Greek Studies at the University of Florida before joining King’s College in 2018. Her research interests include Byzantine and Modern Greek language and literature, the modern reception of the classics and especially of theater, and modern Greek intellectual and social history. She is the author of Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece (2000), which was awarded the John D. Criticos Prize from the London Hellenic Society; Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empire (2010); and, most recently, Adoption, Memory and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo? (2019), which won the 2019 Book Prize of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies. Her latest book is an annotated edition of a memoir written by an American social worker active in relief services in northern Greece: The Battle for Bodies, Hearts, and Minds in Postwar Greece: Social Worker Charles Schermerhorn in Thessaloniki, 1946-1951 (2023).