David Wisner, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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David Wisner is Professor of International Relations at ACT -- The American College of Thessaloniki, and Executive Director of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service.

He is the author of an acclaimed monograph on the origins of the French Revolution, and of scores of scholarly and popular articles, in English, French, and Greek, on a wide variety of historical and contemporary topics. Under the auspices of the Dukakis Center he has written two collections of essays which reflect the Center’s research and outreach orientation, one on the Greek sovereign debt crisis, the other on the future of democratic governance.

At the Dukakis Center he has also commissioned a number of polls and reports, and organized and hosted hundreds of public events. He convenes an annual forum of Greek think tanks and civil society organizations, and has collaborated with dozens of research institutes worldwide. He is the host of “This Day and Age,” a video podcast series.

David Wisner holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Rochester and has attended post-graduate courses and lectures at the Université de Paris IV and the Ecole du Louvre. He has been at ACT since 1994, and served as founding Chair of ACT’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2004 to 2016.

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Select publications as Dukakis Center Director:

"Gatekeepers of democracy," Kathimerini English edition, May 13, 2019

The Joy of Politics (Kindle Edition) 2017  

"Engaging democracy," Kathimerini English edition, April 28, 2016

"@#$% democracy," Politis, September 23, 2015 

"The Sacrifice of Iphigenia," Politis, August 19, 2015

Still at Aulis: Essays on Crisis and Revolution in Greece and the Eurozone (Kindle Edition) 2014  

"Political reform begins with civic education," Kathimerini English edition, December 15, 2011

NB David Wisner's articles for Politis, the blog of the Dukakis Center, are available at http://politis-dukakis-center.act.edu/.