Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics. He is currently the Head of the European Institute and the Director of the Hellenic Observatory and Co-Chair of LSEE: Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University. Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford. In 2009-10 he served on an advisory committee to Prime Minister George Papandreou for the reform of the Greek government. He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013. He is Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of 'Atomium Culture', Brussels, a not-for-profit promoting collaboration within the European Research Area. In 2013 he was made ‘Commander: Order of the Phoenix’ by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2014, the European Parliament selected one of his books (co-authored with Kenneth Dyson) as one of its ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’. He has contributed regularly to ‘Kathimerini’.
His research has focussed on the politics of the European Union and the politics of contemporary Greece; his work has been framed in the perspectives of comparative politics, public policy, political economy and processes of 'Europeanization'. His main books on the EU have involved a comparison of socialist parties' approaches to European integration; relations between the US and EU; the negotiations leading to the Maastricht agreement on EMU; and, the politics of 'Europeanisation'. On Greece, he has co-authored or edited books on political change after 1974; Greece after the Cold War; Greece and the challenges of 'Europeanisation'; the limits of Europeanisation in Greece; a history of the Muslim/Turkish minority in Western Thrace; and most recently, the domestic meanings of 'Europe' in Greece. His new book, with Dimitris Papadimitriou, on the problems of control and coordination within the Greek core executive will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.