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Endowed Professor

Michael B. Cosmopoulos, PhD

cosmopoulosThe Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology

Phone: (314) 516-6241
Personal Website

Academic Positions

Dr. Michael B. Cosmopoulos is the Endowed Professor of Archaeology and Greek Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Until August, 2001 he was Professor of Classics and founding Director of the Centre for Hellenic Civilization, the University of Manitoba, in Canada. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Science St. Louis, of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Canada. He holds the title of National Geographic Society Explorer.


He has studied Greek and Roman Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classical Languages at the University of Athens (B.A., summa cum laude), the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV (D.E.U.G.), and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., Ph.D.). He also holds a Diploma in Underwater Archaeology from the Council of Europe.


His research interests are the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece, about which he was published numerous books and scholarly articles. He has excavated at several ancient sites in Greece and Ukraine, including Mycenae, Pylos, Epidaurus, Ancient Corinth, Ithaca, Oropos, and Olbia. He has been the director of the excavations at the sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis and is currently directing the Iklaina Archaeological Project.


His teaching extends beyond the classroom and in the field, where he has trained more than 1000 students in archaeological theory and methodology and in Greek archaeology and history. In recognition of his teaching, the University of Manitoba has awarded him a Merit Award for Teaching (1991) and the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999). In 2004 he was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Teaching.


He has served or is serving as an Academic Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America; Vice- President of the Archaeological Institute of Canada; member of the Managing Committee and former Chair of the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; Vice-Provost of University College, University of Manitoba; President of the Classical Association of Manitoba; President of the Winnipeg Society of the Archaeological Institute of America; and honorary life member of the Archaeological Society of Athens.


Canada Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities.
Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Teaching
Trustees Award, Academy of Science St. Louis
Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis
Explorer, National Geographic Society
Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Select Publications

15 books, including:

Bronze Age Eleusis and the Origins of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
The Sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis: The Bronze Age. Vols. I-II. Library of the Athens Archaeological Society, Athens 2014.
Experiencing War: violence and personal trauma in Ancient Greece and Today. Ares Publishers, Chicago (2007- ed.)
The Mycenaean Pottery from Grotta, Naxos. University of Athens Press, Athens 2004 (in Greek with extensive English summary).
The Parthenon and Its Sculptures. Recent Advances and New Interpetation . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004 (ed.)
Greek Mysteries. The Archaeology of Greek Secret Cults. Routledge, London and New York 2003 (ed.). The Rural History of Ancient Greek City-States: the Oropos Survey Project. BAR-Intern. Series 1001, Oxford 2001.
Other: More than 100 papers in international conferences and articles in archaeological journals (including, American Journal of Archaeology, Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Antike Welt, Prähistorische Zeitschrift, Zeitschrift für Klassische Archäologie, Aegaeum, Classical Views, The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and Underwater Exploration, Αρχαιολογικη Εφημερις, Πλατων).


Affiliated Faculty

Andrew Hurley, PhD


Professor of History

Phone: (314) 516-4805

Fields of Interest:

  • Urban History, Environmental History, 20th Century United States, Public History

Major Publications:

  • Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995)

  • Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO Historical Society Press, 1997), editor

  • Chasing the American Dream: A History of Diners, Bowling Alleys and Trailer Parks (New York, Basic Books, 2001)

  • Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner-Cities (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010)

Current Research:

  • Memorializing Urban Displacement; Climate change and urbanization

To contact Dr. Hurley please use the following email
Department of History 
484 Lucas Hall
One University Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
Diane Touliatos, PhD

touliatosUniversity of Missouri Curators’ Professor Emerita
Director of the Center for the Humanities

Phone: (314) 516-5904 

The doctoral work in historical musicology was completed by Diane Touliatos at The Ohio State University’s School of Music under the supervision of her dissertation advisors, Richard Hoppin and Milos Velimirovic.

As a faculty member in the Department of Music at UMSL since  1979 and as a Research Fellow at the Center for  International Studies at UMSL since 1982, Diane Touliatos has  focused her research efforts in Eastern Medieval Chant, Ancient Greek  Music, and Women Composers. In the area of musicology, she has achieved a world-wide reputation as an internationally published scholar. More  specifically in the area of Medieval Byzantine Musicology and Women  Composers, she has become a leading world-wide expert and consequently  an invited speaker at conferences and university seminars all over  Western Europe,Greece, Poland, Russia, and the former Yugoslavia.

As of January, 1997 Diane Touliatos was elected by the  Humanities Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Missouri at St. Louis as Director of the Center for the Humanities.

Touliatos already has five books in international presses: The Byzantine Amomos Chant of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries;  Catalogue of the Byzantine Musical Manuscripts in the Vatican.

Most recently she has published Descriptive  Catalogue of the Musical Manuscripts of the National Library of Greece:  Byzantine Chant and Other Music Repertory Recovered (England: Ashgate Press, 2010) and  Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Visual Arts, and Literature [co-edited with Barbara Harbach] (England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010). Forthcoming in 2011 is Touliatos’ book HER ART: Greek Women in the Arts from Antiquity to Modernity published in Germany by the Paul Lang Verlag.  Also, Touliatos’  published  transcriptions of Kassia’s music  were recorded by VocaMe with the CD  title, Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer (c. 810 -843/867) under the Christophorus Record Label of MusiContact in Heidelberg, Germany.

Touliatos has also published over 60 full-length  articles in scholarly refereed journals on various aspects of Ancient  Greek, Eastern Medieval Chant, and women composers. Her research in this area has been varied and exemplifies the following research topics: 1)  Medieval Byzantine sacred chants and their historical place in the  different liturgical rites; 2) comparisons to Medieval Western chants;  3) Medieval Byzantine secular chants; 4) Medieval Western, Byzantine and Ancient Greek womencomposers (discovering the earliest preserved music  by a woman composer); 5) catalogues of Byzantine musical manuscripts;  and 6) serial bibliographies on Eastern musical research.

She is also currently working on the following books: The  Musical Treatise of Ioannes Plousiadenos: Translation, Annotations and  Commentary will reveal the cryptic system of modulation within the  Medieval notation of the Byzantine eight modal system and the use of  proto-polyphony in the performance practice of Byzantine music; Kassia  and Her Musical Contributions will focus on the earliest woman composer  with preserved music and her musical innovations; The Muses: Greek Women in Music in Antiquity and Byzantium will cover the role and musical  contributions of women from Hellenistic Alexandria through the  post-Byzantine era; and The History of Medieval Byzantine Music is a  textbook based on Touliatos’ research and lectures in teaching this  course and includes pioneering research and changes in the discipline  since the Wellesz book was last published in 1961.

Touliatos’ research has been supported by various grants  including the Fulbright Research Grant, several National Endowment for  the Humanities, American Council for Learned Societies, three Weldon  Springs Grants (UMSL), several University of Missouri  system-wide Research Board Grants, and the Alexander Onassis Senior Scholar Research Award.

As a research scholar and teacher, Touliatos attracts  students from all over the world who come to the University of  Missouri-St. Louis campus specifically to study with her in the area of  Greek/Byzantine music. She has also participated as an outside  thesis/dissertation advisor at the Conservatory of the University of Cinncinnati,  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of  Maryland-Baltimore, City University of New York; and the Macedonian  University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In the Department of Music,  Touliatos teaches every area of Western music history and has developed many new courses in the music  history curriculum. She was awarded the 1990-91 Distinguished Teaching  Award for the Pierre Laclede Honors College of UMSL for the  seminar”Evolution of Western Musical Styles.”

Although not directly related to music, Touliatos  spearheaded the fundraising drive for an endowed Professorship in Modern Greek Language, Literature, and Culture for the UMSL campus. She  worked very diligently in this effort by single-handedly arranging for a benefit concert which reaped $8000 and ultimately secured a grant in  the amount of $150,000 from the Greek Government which helped bring this campaign of $1,500,000 to fruition in January of 1995. This effort was  the first endowed professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences at  the University of Missouri-St. Louis and it led to a host of other  endowed professorships that followed in the college.

On November 17, 2001, Dr. Touliatos received the national  Hellenic Spirit Award, a coveted award for outstanding Greek-Americans.  Past recipients include George Stephanopoulos, Senator Olympia Snowe,  and Michael Dukakis. Touliatos was recognized for her pioneering  research in Medieval Eastern Chant and women composers. Archbishop  Demetrios from New York and Bishop Iakovos from Chicago were present for the event.

Dr. Touliatos was among nine distinguished international  artists and art scholars to receive the golden medallion of Rigas  Velestinis on May 8, 2007 in Athens, Greece. This medallion was awarded  by the President of Greece to distinguished international pioneering  innovators and artists,who have promoted and united the common cultures  of Greece and other Balkan nations. Furthermore, Dr. Touliatos was  appointed a University of Missouri Curators’ (Distinguished) Professor  effective September 1, 2007. The appointment was approved by the Board  of Curators of the University of Missouri system.

For  more information on Touliatos’ published works, see the following:

Video on Youtube

Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Manuscript Collection of the National Library of Greece

Margaret Phillips, PhD

phillipsProfessor of Latin

Phone: (314) 516-6864


Elementary ancient Greek and Latin, links between crime and justice issues then and now, death penalty and its manifestations


Dr. Margaret Phillips  received her Ph.D. from St. Louis University’s Department of Classical Languages, with a major in Greek and a double minor in Latin and linguistics.  She began teaching Latin in 1992 in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. In 1993, she also began teaching in the Criminology department, courses related to her outside interests in criminal justice-related areas.  In 2005 she became a full-time instructor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literatures and currently holds the rank of Associate Teaching Professor.

Teaching interests

Dr. Phillips has taught courses in elementary Latin and elementary Greek. For the Greek Studies program, she teaches several courses, including an online survey course of ancient Greek civilization and culture.  From 1993 to 2005, she taught courses in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, at first writing courses and then courses related to her outside interests in advocacy within the criminal justice system and specifically the death penalty. She developed a series of computer drills to accompany an elementary Latin textbook which has been used internationally. Margaret has also taught courses within the Honors College.

Nikos Poulopoulos, PhD

poulopoulosProfessor of Greek and European Studies

Phone: (314) 516-5709

Originally from Corinth, Greece, Nikos Poulopoulos was educated in Classics and Archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley, and in Modern Greek Studies and Philology at Harvard University.  His interests lie in the history of ideas and the cultural history and poetics of Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly narratives of crypto-colonialism, bio-mythologies and reception studies.  He recently edited a volume on the literature of the Greek Civil War for the journal Hellenic Studies. He is currently working on two separate projects: American Dystopia in Greek Modernity, and Graeculiand Roman Studies in nineteenth century Greece.

Constantine E. Michaelides, PhD
michaelidesDean and Professor Emeritus
University in St. Louis

Dean and Professor Emeritus Constantine E. Michaelides (Washington University in St. Louis), is an architect who has practiced in Greece and the United States. Born in Athens, he received an architecture diploma from the  National Technical University in 1952 and earned an M.Arch. from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in 1957. He is the author of Hydra: A Greek Island Town – Its Growth and Form, a pioneering study in the examination of vernacular architecture at the scale of a small Aegean town and The Aegean Crucible: Tracing Vernacular Architecture in Post-Byzantine Centuries, a lavishly  illustrated “scholarly guide-book” to the vernacular architecture of the Aegean  archipelago.