Eirini Karamouzi

I am a Lecturer of the Cold War and European integration in the University of Sheffield’s History department. I have previously taught at Yale University and the London School of Economics. My main interests lie in Western European history after 1945, and how Europe became more integrated simultaneously alongside an escalating and bipolar Cold War.

My first monograph titled, Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement explores the rationale behind Europe’s acceptance of Greece into its Community, and details how these negotiations were influenced by an evolving environment of détente and a sudden rise of the Left in Southern Europe.

My current research relates to the legacies of Southern European Socialism in the 1980s, particularly the rise of socialist leaders such as Gonzalez, Craxi, Papandreou, Soares and Mitterand as well as their foreign policies which were enacted during a period when the West had shifted to the Right with Thatcher, Kohl and Reagan.

Additionally, I am currently co-editing a volume on the Balkans in the Cold War to be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 that examines the political, economic, strategic, ideological and cultural affairs in the Balkans from the Second World War until the end of the Cold War (1945-1989).


  • EU Enlargement Policy

  • Cold War and European Integration

  • Southern European history and politics

  • Balkan cooperation in the 1970s

  • Greek Foreign policy

Relevant publications

Professional roles

  • Journal of Contemporary History – Book Review Editor

  • MGSA – Modern Greek Studies Association, Member

  • SEESOX – Southeastern European Studies at Oxford, St Athony’s College, A.G. Leventis Fellow

  • LSE IDEAS, Fellow

  • CIS, Research Associate

  • SHAFR – The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Member

  • RICHIE – International Research Network of Young Historians of European Integration), Member