Yanoula Athanassakis is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Special Projects (for NYU’s Provost, Katherine E. Fleming). She is also co-founder and Director of NYU’s Environmental Humanities Series, Instructor in the departments of English and Environmental Studies, and Chair of the Provost’s Sustainability Working Group. In addition to supporting our faculty’s research, teaching, and international – and interdisciplinary – work, Dr. Athanassakis works closely with a number of University committees and initiatives. Before coming to NYU, Dr. Athanassakis served as Co-director for UC Summer Sessions to Greece for nine years and in various editorial positions for both popular and academic publications, including the Journal of Transnational American Studies. Dr. Athanassakis has extensive experience with matters related to academic affairs and research, international education programming, and curricular development.
A former American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at Rutgers, and Literature Fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, her research and teaching interests include the environmental humanities, American literature, animal studies, food studies, race and ethnic studies, gender studies, globalization, and environmental justice. Dr. Athanassakis holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in literature and global studies.
Dr. Athanassakis is author of Environmental Justice in Contemporary U.S. Narratives (Routledge, Environmental Humanities series, 2017), in addition to articles and book reviews on subjects ranging from post-1900 ecocriticism to environmental policies in Greece. Dr. Athanassakis has co-organized a number of panels and symposia on topics ranging from literary studies to online editing in academic journals. She is currently co-directing a series of environmental and sustainability events at New York University through the Center for the Humanities and the generous support of the Mellon Foundation. At NYU she teaches courses on U.S. environmental justice literature, veganism, and animal studies.