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Alex G. Papadopoulos

PhD, The University of Chicago (Geography) - 1993
MA, The University of Chicago (International Relations) - 1985
BA, Franklin and Marshall College (Classics & Government)- 1984

An urban and political geographer, Professor Papadopoulos studies the contestation of urban space in Europe and the United States. His published work on urban morphology includes a significant monograph on the urban impacts of European integration in the restructuring of Brussels' downtown, a collection of articles on the urban impacts of market reform and political liberalization in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and more recently, works on the urban dynamics of Chicago’s LGBT communities, and on the triangulation of music, landscape, and politics in Istanbul.

Dr. Papadopoulos political geographic research extends beyond ‘the urban’ to works on state and identity formations, and international security in Southeastern Europe. More recently, he developed a research agenda on the history of cartography with foci on the Hellenic world and early-modern Europe. His on-going work includes a monograph titled "Paris, Saint Petersburg, Istanbul: A Critical Urban Morphology", a collection of articles on the geographies of Byzantium, and a co-edited volume (with Heidi J Nast) tentatively titled Geographies of the Anthropocene-at-Risk: Twilight of Humanity or Accelerando?

His work on the geopolitics of the Greek crisis can be found in the online journal International Policy Digest and in the Huffington Post.

Courses Offered:
GEO 201 Geopolitics
GEO 206 Boundaries and Identities
GEO 233 Comparative Urbanism
GEO 316 The European Union
GEO 331 Chicago: Global City
GEO 334 Urban Design
MLS 404 The City

Rev. William T. Cortelyou-Martin J Lowery Award for Excellence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, DePaul University (2011)
Spirit of DePaul Award, DePaul University (2011-12)
Vincent DePaul Professor, Distinguished Service Society of Vincent de Paul Professors (2005)
Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, DePaul University (1996)

Selected Creative Works and Publications:
Papadopoulos, Alex G; Duru, Asli (eds). Landscapes of Music in Istanbul. A Cultural Politics of Place and Exclusion. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript-Verlag, 2017 (ISBN 978-3-8376-3358-0).

Papadopoulos, Alex G. Urban Regimes and Strategies. Building Europe’s Central Executive District in Brussels. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, Geography Research Paper Series, 1996 (ISBN 0-226-64559-2).

Papadopoulos, Alex G. Operations of the European Community Concerning Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. A Practical Handbook. Luxemburg: Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1991 (Catalogue number CT-71 -91 -647-EN-C) - (ISBN 92-826-3110-9).

Other Selected Works
“Rereading the Story of the City of Cherson and the Maiden Gykia in De Administrando Imperio as ‘Arts of Rule’ Narrative.” Essays in Medieval Studies, Volume 22 (2016): 201-30.

“Becoming ‘Boystown’ in Neoliberal Chicago: A Critical Urban Morphology of the North Halsted-Broadway Corridor” (2016). In: L. Bennett, E. Hague, and R. Garner, eds. Neoliberal Chicago, Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Timothy Stewart-Winter. Queer Clout. Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics. Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Extended invited book review essay, published in a set of responses to the author in

Exhibition and catalogue: Vincent de Paul's Mediterranean: Europe and the Barbary Coast, 1580-1760 (2013). The Richardson Library, DePaul University.

“Exploring Byzantine Cartographies: Ancient Science, Christian Cosmology, and Geopolitics in Imperial-Era Mapping” (2011), Essays in Medieval Studies, volume 27: 117-131.

“Imperial Cartographies. Power, Strategy, and Scientific Discovery,” exhibition, DePaul Art Museum (Jan-Mar 2007).

“From 'Towertown' to 'Boystown' and 'Girlstown': Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Geographies”, (2006) in: R.P. Greene, M.J. Bouman, and D. Grammenos (eds.) Chicago's Geographies: Metropolis for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers, pp. 232-241.

“On the Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe” (2004) National Strategy Forum Review. Volume 13, Issue 4:26-9.

“Mapping ‘Romeic’ and ‘Hellenic’ Same-Sex Desire. Articulating Hetero-patriarchy and Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Greece” (2002), Antipode 34: 910-934.

“Brüssel—Hauptstadt der Eurokratie. Zukunftsvisionen füdie “Haupstadt” Europas als Weltstadt, In: Rita Schneider-Sliwa (ed.) Städte im Umbruch. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag GmbH, pp. 263-282.

“Restructuring the Kiosk Trade in St. Petersburg.  A New Retail Trade Model for the Post-Soviet Period,” with K. Axenov and I. Brade, GeoJournal  (Autumn 1997). ​