Dr. Athena S. Leoussi

After graduating as a social scientist from the University of Grenoble, France (Licence), Athena S. Leoussi took an MPhil in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London, where she studied nineteenth-century European Painting and Sculpture. Gaining a scholarship from the Greek state through competitive examinations, she went on to do a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dr Leoussi teaches courses in race, nationalism, the classical tradition in post-Enlightenment Europe, and European Studies. Before joining the Department, Dr Leoussi taught nationalism and sociological theory at LSE, and medical sociology at the London Hospital Medical College.

Dr Leoussi is one of the founders and now a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) which is based at LSE and has now more than 1000 members. She is also one of the founding editors of the journal of ASEN, Nations and Nationalism. She is a member of the Max Weber Study Group of the British Sociological Association. Her research interests are: art and nationalism, and the classical tradition in European art and culture.


Dr Leoussi has published on European artists and art collectors, modern dress manners, and on the link between nationalism and the classical tradition in Europe.


Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body as National Symbol in Nineteenth-Century England and France, Houndmills: Macmillan,1998.

The Encyclopaedia of Nationalism, Athena S. Leoussi (ed.), with Anthony D. Smith as Consultant Adviser, Piscataway, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, 2000.

Chapters and Articles

Sole author


Forty articles based on original research for the 34-volume The Dictionary of Art London: Macmillan, 1996.

Nationalism and racial Hellenism in nineteenth century England and France' January 1997 Ethnic and Racial Studies vol 20 no1 pp 42-68.

Symbols of the Nation: English National Identity in Victorian Classical Art' in The ASEN Bulletin, a fully refereed journal of The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, No 15, Summer 1998, pp.11-16


'Keeping up Appearances: Clothes as a Public Matter' in D. Anderson (ed.), Gentility Recalled, London: SAU, 1996.

'Magazine Woman: "A Villain Without a Cause"' in D. Anderson and M. Mosbacher (eds.), The British Woman Today, London: SAU, 1997.

'Nationalism and the antique in nineteenth-century English and French Art' in Maria Wyke and Michael Biddiss (eds.) The Uses and Abuses of Antiquity, Berne: Lang, 1999.

Joint Publications

Articles 'Disability Abated: Audio-Cassettes for the Visually Impaired' 1994 Journal of the Royal Society of Health, 114, no.1, 29-32

'The Resurgence of Nationalism: Ethnic Conflict and International Security' 1995 The ASEN Bulletin, no.9: 46-52 [with B O'Duffy]

'Unemployment, incentives, equality and enterprise' Modern Management Vol 19 No 6 Dec 1995 [with D Marsland and E Mathura]

'Social misconstructions: inattention to biology by sociologists' The American Sociologist [with D Marsland] Summer 1996 vol 27, Number 2, pp.42-51

Chapters 'Epidemiology' 1996 in V Aitken, G Jordan and H Jellicoe (eds) Behavioural Science for Health Care Professionals, W B Saunders, pp.105-114 [with D Marsland]