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Biography

Leonidas Oikonomakis holds a Ph.d in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), is a researcher affiliated with the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and is currently teaching at the Department of Sociology of the University of Crete. His research and teaching focuses on Latin American politics, social movements, autonomy, revolutions, electoral politics, and the commons. He is also a rapper with hip-hop formation Social Waste, and a member of the editorial collective of ROAR Magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming monograph The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros Road to Change. Political Strategizing with(out) the state (Palgrave- Latin American Studies  Series), and has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes on social movements in Latin America and Southern Europe.

Besides his native Greek and English, his articles have been translated into French, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Bosnian, Dutch, Slovak and Turkish. 

He has appeared for interviews on Russia Today, on Channel 9  Bolivia, and on PRI The World, while he regularly comments for several national and international publications like BBC, CNBC, Moscow News, Kommersant, Vice News, Medium.com, and Buzzfeed.

Leonidas is happy to respond to media requests to speak about current Latin American and Greek politics. Contact him at: [email protected]