Andreas Avgousti (on leave)

Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global Postdoctoral Fellow (2019/2020)

Supervisor: Dimitris Krallis

 AQ 6196


Research interests

  • Ancient Greek and Roman political thought
  • Late Antique political thought
  • History of political thought
  • Democratic theory
  • Moral psychology
  • European politics
  • Political history of Cyprus
  • International politics


  • PhD, Political Science, Columbia University
  • MPhil (with distinction in Philosophy), Political Science, Columbia University
  • MA, Political Science, Columbia University
  • MSc (merit), Political Theory, London School of Economics
  • BSc (first class), London School of Economics


Dr. Andreas Avgousti studied political science at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in 2015 and holds a BSc (First Class) and an MSc (Merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Portland State University and has previously held the post of Lecturer in Core Curriculum at Columbia University. During his time at the Centre, Dr. Avgousti will finalize his book manuscript, entitled Recovering Reputation: Plato and Demotic Power for Oxford University Press.


Journal articles and book chapters

  • "An Overlooked Form of Demotic Power: Reputation in Plato’s ‘Republic’." History of Political Thought, 39:1, pp.1-15, 2018
  • "A Text for the City: Plato’s ‘Menexenus’ and the Legacy of Pericles’." Polity, 50:1, pp.72-100, 2018.
  • "Plato’s Uneasy Foundings." Diálogos, XLVII:98, pp.85-110, 2015.
  • "By Uniting it Stands: Poetry and Myth in Plato’s ‘Republic’." Polis, 29:1, pp. 21-41, 2012.
  • "‘The Indigenous Foreigner: British Policy in Cyprus 1963-1965." In H. Faustmann and E. Solomou (ed.) Independent Cyprus 1960-2010, Selected Readings from the Cyprus Review, University of Nicosia Press, Nicosia, 2011 (originally published in The Cyprus Review, 21:1, pp. 123-144, 2009).

Book reviews

  • MATTHEW LANDAUER, ‘Dangerous Counsel: Accountability and Advice in Ancient Greece’, Perspectives on Politics (under preparation).
  • THOMAS L. PANGLE, ‘The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon’s ‘Memorabilia’’, Classical Philology, 114:4, pp.664-670, 2019.
  • JONNY THAKKAR, ‘Plato as Critical Theorist’, Review of Politics, 81:4, pp.691-695, 2019.
  • DEAN HAMMER (ed.), ‘A Companion to Greek Democracy and the Roman Republic’, Polis, 35:2, pp.577-581, 2018.
  • DON ADAMS, ‘Socrates Mystagogos: Initiation into Inquiry’, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 08.53, 2017.
  • JAMES KASTELY, ‘The Rhetoric of Plato’s ‘Republic’’, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 04.43, 2016.
  • NICKOLAS PAPPAS and MARK ZELCER, ‘Politics and Philosophy in Plato’s ‘Menexenus’’, Polis, 33:1, pp.218-223, 2016.

Selected conference presentations and invited talks

  • ‘How a Democracy can Watch over Itself: on Reputation in Isocrates’ Political Thought.’ Presented at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric 2019 and at the NPSA 2019.
  • ‘On the Purported Incompatibility of Philosophy and the City in Plato.’ Presented at the APT 2019.
  • "Why did Socrates fail to persuade the jury? Or, why Socrates is not a Socratic citizen." Presented at the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest 2018 and at the APSA 2018.
  • "Philosophy’s Reputation in Plato’s 'Gorgias' and 'Theaetetus'." Presented at the WPSA 2017 and at the University of Washington Department of Classics Lunchtime Colloquium, Spring 2018.
  • "Wealth and Character: Cephalus’ Politics of Reputation in 'Republic 1." Presented at the MPSA 2017.
  • "Reputation in Plato’s 'Republic’." Presented at the APSA and the APT 2016.
  • "The Place of Reputation in the Political Theory of Plato’s 'Laws'." Presented at the MPSA, the APT and the NPSA 2013 and at the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy 2014.
  • "The Search for Stability via a Marriage of Nature with Politics: An Understanding of Ciceronian Political Thought." Presented at the MPSA 2011.
  • "Pre-modern, Modern and Natural Understandings of Man: Plato, Hobbes and Evolutionary Theory’ at Victoria College," Presented at the University of Toronto 2009.

Select awards

  • 2019, Nominated for McWilliams Best Faculty Paper Award at the NPSA 2019 (Isocrates and democracy).
  • 2018-2019, Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy Program Award, funded by the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State University
  • 2015, Finalist for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Civilization Award
  • 2014, NPSA McWilliams Best Paper Award to a Graduate Student in Political Theory
  • 2012, Teaching Scholar Award to teach in the General Studies Program at Columbia College
  • 2012,  Nominated for Best Paper Award to a Graduate Student in Political Theory at the NPSA
  • 2008-2013, Faculty Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University (scholarship)