WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Constantine Hatzidimitriou as editor of the American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues. Dr. Hatzidimitriou succeeds Professor Dan Georgakas who passed away in 2021.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hatzidimitriou as editor of the AHI Foundation’s online policy journal,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The policy journal provides a vital forum for stimulating commentary and scholarship on important Hellenic issues to the community. In addition to being a former Educational Counselor at the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki and a longtime AHI Fellow, Dr. Hatzidimitriou brings impeccable academic credentials and a deep and thorough understanding of the issues. We look forward to working with him and to his leadership of the policy journal.”
“We are excited Dr. Hatzidimitriou has agreed to become the editor of the American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues,” AHI Foundation President Leon Andris said. “He is a distinguished academician, and he will be a tremendous asset our team and to the policy journal.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the AHI Foundation in this capacity,” Dr. Hatzidimitriou said. “My sincere thanks to AHI President Nick Larigakis and AHI Foundation President Leon Andris for this exciting opportunity to contribute to the community discourse on Hellenic issues, which is my passion. My goal is to build on the outstanding legacy of Professor Georgakas and to publish a journal that is timely, informative, and thought-provoking.”
Dr. Hatzidimitriou will also edit the Journal of Modern Hellenism, a peer reviewed journal. Last year AHI Foundation joined with the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Queens College) as co-publisher of the Journal of Modern Hellenism. The JMH was founded in 1984 as a forum for the promotion and discussion of scholarly work on the history, language and culture of the Greek people from the Byzantine period to the present.
Dr. Hatzidimitriou received his doctorate from Columbia University in Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek history. He was a Gennadius Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Educational Counselor of the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki, and a professor and administrator at Anatolia College. He is a Fellow of the American Hellenic Institute in Washington, DC, and has taught at various universities in the New York City area, most recently at Queens College’s Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Among his books are American Accounts Documenting the Destruction of Smyrna in 1922 and Founded on Freedom & Virtue: Documents Illustrating the Impact in the United States of the Greek War of Independence. He has also published many studies in scholarly journals and contributed chapters to various books. Currently, he is completing a project concerning Greek-American schools and is engaged in a study of American Philhellenes during the Greek Revolution, and a long-term study of Byzantine Central Greece.
The American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues was founded in 2007 and is a forum for commentary and scholarship on issues of vital importance to Greek Americans. It includes varying ideas and voices, not a prescriptive agenda. Our goal remains a healthy American policy regarding the Eastern Mediterranean and a vibrant Greek America that helps inform such a policy.
The journal is available gratis at the AHIF Policy Journal website: https://www.ahifworld.org/journal-issues.