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Educating Greek Americans

Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways

  • Fevronia K. Soumakis
  • Theodore G. Zervas

About this book


This edited collection considers Greek American formal and informal educational efforts, institutions, and programs, broadly conceived, as they evolved over time throughout the United States. The book’s focus on Greek Americans aims to highlight the vast array of educational responses to local needs and contexts as this distinct, yet, heterogeneous immigrant community sought to maintain its linguistic, cultural, and religious heritage for over one hundred years. The chapters in this volume amend the scholarly literature that thus far has not only overlooked Greek American educational initiatives, but has also neglected to recognize and analyze the community’s persistence in sustaining them. This book is an important contribution to an understanding of Greek Americans’ long overdue history as a significant diaspora community within an American context.


Greek American Studies Greek Orthodox Education Socratic Method Immigration Ethnicity Diaspora Transnationalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Fevronia K. Soumakis
    • 1
  • Theodore G. Zervas
    • 2
  1. 1.Queens CollegeThe City University of New YorkQueensUSA
  2. 2.North Park UniversityChicagoUSA

About the editors

Fevronia K. Soumakis is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College, The City University of New York, USA. She received her PhD in the History and Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Theodore G. Zervas is Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at North Park University, USA. His previous publications include Formal and Informal Education during the Rise of Greek Nationalism: Learning to be Greek (2017) and The Making of a Modern Greek Identity: Education, Nationalism, and the Teaching of a Greek National Past (2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Educating Greek Americans
  • Book Subtitle Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways
  • Editors Fevronia K. Soumakis
    Theodore G. Zervas
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-39826-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-39829-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-39827-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 188
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity in Education
    Religion and Education
    Language Education
    Eastern Orthodoxy
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