Ph.D., Emory University, 2008
Economic anthropology, money and finance, alternative and sustainable agriculture and food systems, US and Greece.
Faidra Papavasiliou received her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
Dr. Papavasiliou has taught the following courses: ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH 2020 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 4490/6490 – The Anthropology of Globalization, ANTH 4670-6670 – Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology, ANTH 4450/6550 – Field School in Anthropology: “Being Greek in Times of Crisis: Ethnographic Approaches,” and “Growing Local Food: Ethnographic Field School in Sustainable Food Systems in Georgia,” and ANTH 8020 – Graduate Professionalization Seminar.
Dr. Papavasiliou’s research and teaching interests focus on alternative social and economic mobilization, agriculture and food. She is currently involved in research projects in Greece and in the U.S. The first examines emergent responses to Greece’s economic and social crisis through alternative and solidarity mobilization, and particularly the movement to identify and disseminate traditional agricultural varieties. Her second project addresses the question of how to bridge the gap between small-scale production and large-scale market demand, and is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary examination of local and sustainable food aggregation and distribution models in the Southeastern United States. She has published in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and contributed content to the encyclopedia Food Issues (2015, Ken Albala ed. Sage).
Her sustainable food aggregation research is currently supported by a grant from the S-SARE division of the USDA.
Dr. Papavasiliou serves on the executive committee for the Center for Hellenic Studies at GSU.
Papavasiliou, Faidra. 2015. Seed Exchange Networks. In “Food Issues,” Ken Albala ed. Sage.
Papavasiliou, Faidra. 2015. Barter and the Informal Economy. In “Food Issues,” Ken Albala ed. Sage.
Margomenou, Despina and Faidra Papavasiliou. 2013. Times of Crisis and Seeds of New Intimacies on a Northern Aegean Island: Activism, Alternative Exchange Networks and Re-Imagined Communities. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 13(3) 523-529.
Papavasiliou, Faidra. 2010. Fair Money, Fair Trade: Alternative Consumption in a Local Currency Economy. 2010. In “Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies” Lyon, Sarah and Marc Moberg eds. New York University Press.
Papavasiliou, Faidra, Christa Essig, Peggy Barlett and Alice Rolls. 2007. Is Healthy Eating Possible in DeKalb County? An Assessment of Food Availability, Access and Cost in Two Neighborhoods. Report for the Atlanta Local Food Initiative. Decatur, GA: DeKalb County Board of Health.