Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Theodore Zervas

Professor of Education / Coordinator of MATC

North Park University

School of Education


PhD Cultural and Educational Policy Studies • Loyola University

MScE Secondary Social Studies Education• Northwestern University

MA European History/World History • DePaul University

BA History and Political Science • DePaul University

Principal Publications


The Making of a Modern Greek Identity: Education, Nationalism, and the Teaching of a Greek National Past. New York & Boulder, East European Monographs: Columbia University Press (2012).

Ζέρβας, Θεόδωρος Γ. Η διαμόρφωση της νεοελληνικής ταυτότητας: εκπαίδευση, εθνικισμός και διδασκαλία της ιστορίας του ελληνικού έθνους. (Greek Edition of Above). Athens, S.I. Zacharopoulos Press (2018). 

Formal and Informal Education During the Rise of Greek Nationalism: Learning to be Greek. New York & London, Palgrave and Macmillan (2017).

Ζέρβας, Θεόδωρος Γ. Μαθαινοντας να είσαι έλληνας: Τυπική και άτυπη εκπαίδευση κατά την ανάπτυξη του ελληνικού πατριωτισμού (1880-1930). (Greek Edition of Above). Athens, En Plo Press (2018).

The Miltiades Syndrome: How Underdog Teachers Succeed in their Classrooms. (Prospectus Submitted). New York, Teachers College Press (2019). 

Zervas, Theodore G. and Soumakis, Fevronia. ed. Greek-American Educational History Revisited. New York & London, Palgrave and Macmillan (2019).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“National Identity and Education in the Early Modern Greek State.” Historical Yearbook: Institutul de Istorie. 7(1), 139-160, (2010)

“Informal Learning in Late-Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Greece: Greek Children’s Literature in Historical and Political Contexts.” American Educational History Journal. 40(2), 207-219.(2013)

“Learning Arvanitic in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Greece: Linguistic Maintenance and Cultural Idiosyncrasies in Greece’s Arvanitic Speaking Communities.” Zeitschrift Für Balkanologie. Harrassowitz Verlag. 50(2), 70-79. (2014)

“Greek School Textbooks at a Political Crossroads: Defining the Greek Citizen in the Greek School During the Reign of Colonels (1967-1974).” American Educational History Journal. 43(2), 117-127. (2016).

“How Functional are Greek Teaching Programs? Teacher Training and Job Placement in Greece’s Most Struggling Profession.” Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies. 2(4), 349-356.(2016).

“From Ottoman Colonial Rule to Nation Statehood: Schooling and National Identity in the Early Greek School.” Espacio, Tiempo y Educación. 4(1), 1-21. (2017)

“Finding a Balance in Education: Immigration, Diversity, and Schooling in Urban America, 1880-1900.” Athens Journal of Education. 4(1), 77-84.(2017)

Zervas, Theodore G. & Rivera, Isaias “Turning the Soul: An Investigation of Georgios Gemistos Plethon’s Teaching Methods and Educational Philosophy.” Athens Journal of Humanities and Arts. 5(1), 119-130.(2018)

Zervas, Theodore G. & Papadopoulos, Alex. “Creating Greeks and Greek-Americans: Geographic and Educational Identity Constructions at the Socrates and Koraes Greek-American Schools.” (Forthcoming: European Education, 2018). 

“The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living: Why the Liberal Arts Matter.” (Forthcoming: Journal for Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2018). 

“Enhancing Students’ Geography Skills in the Early Elementary Grades: Strategies and Lessons.” (Under Review: The Elementary School Journal, 2018). 

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