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Olga Kalentzidou

Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies/Department of International Studies

Expert Bio

As director of academic initiatives and experiential learning in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Olga Kalentzidou oversees curricular and student-led initiatives, teaches service-learning courses, and directs the Peace Corps Prep and the Diplomacy Lab Programs at IU Bloomington. She has received numerous awards and grants, has participated in archaeological projects and conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Greece. She is recipient of the Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award, a member of the IU Bloomington Service-Learning Advisory Board and actively engaged in Bloomington’s food agencies. Kalentzidou received her B.A. from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University.

Areas of Expertise

Immigration and ethnicity; food memory; identity; material culture; food security; Greece and the Balkans; community engagement; service-learning; experiential learning; teaching pedagogy; curriculum development.

Other Information

“After Paris Attacks, Indiana Turns Away Syrian Refugees” – Noon Edition, WFIU, Nov. 20, 2015: Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Students Study Food Security:

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