Dr. Nikolas Kosmatopoulos

I am Assistant Professor of Politics and Anthropology and core faculty at the Graduate Program for Public Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration and faculty member at the Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

I hold a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Zurich in 2012 (summa cum laude), a Magister in Anthropology and Economics from the Free University in Berlin, a Master in Tourism Management and Regional Planning (Free University of Berlin) and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Piraeus.

My research and teaching fields of interest include the anthropology of politics, policy and political institutions; the ethnography of peacemaking, development and crisis resolution; the study of infrastructures of international security, solidarity and resistance; the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea within the Global South.

Before joining AUB, I taught at Columbia University, Sciences Po/Paris, Free University of Berlin, University of Zurich and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. In 2014-15 I was Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I have published in Public Culture, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Third World Quarterly, Social Analysis, Peacebuilding and Anthropology Today among others.

My manuscript “Master Peace: Violence, Experts, Lebanon”, an ethnography of peace making and crisis prevention experts in the Middle East, is currently under revision for submission at Cornell University Press.

My ongoing research project is an ethnography of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, focused on the politics of the sea and the infrastructures of international solidarity.