Efstratios Psaltou was born in Mytilene (Greece) in 1970. He holds a
- Bachelor's degree in Theology from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
- Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of Aegean, with a thesis on Pilgrimage in Modern Greece.
- Ph.D. degree in Anthropology of Religion from Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of Aegean. The subject of his Ph.D. thesis is the emergence and function of Mount Athos’ monk elders in Greek society during the period following the military junta and until the period of economic crisis.
- He has worked as a teacher for sixteen years in a High School of Public Sector (2001-2017). He has taught Anthropology of Religion at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece (2016-2017).
- He is currently teaching Sociology of Christianity at the Department of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
- He is currently attached to the Institute of Educational Policy Scientific as a Consultant in the field of Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Educational Innovation Unit.
Publications & Projects
He has published many papers in Greek and foreign scientific journals and collective volumes, including “The Social Dimension of Magic”, in Greek magic : ancient, medieval and modern (edited by J.C.B. Petropoulos, Routledge, 2006), and “The Elders of Mount Athos and the Discourse of Charisma in Modern Greece,” in Critical Research on Religion Journal (April, 2018).
His research interests include religion, social anthropology, and educational policy.
He has participated in the following programmes and projects:
- “ACT-ACTive citizenship projects to enhance pupils’ social and civic competencies” (Erasmus+ Programme KA3), as a researcher
- “Upgrading Ecclesiastical Education”, MIS 5007907, co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) within the framework of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020”, as a Project Manager