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Book: Bouboulina and the Greek Revolution: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Heroine of 1821

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Book Launch at the Bouboulina Museum

Spetses, June 2023

BBC World News Interview

Listen to the interview I did with the BBC World News program, “The Forum”, about the Greek heroine, Laskarina Bouboulina. Panelists include Dr. Margaret Poulos and Pavlos Demertzis-Bouboulis. Air date: Thursday November 25, 2021. On radio, there will be a global broadcast on Sunday, November 28,  at 14:06 (UK time). Or, listen on Sirius XM 120, iTunes, or online at:

Bouboulina and the Greek Revolution:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Heroine of 1821

Who was Bouboulina? How has she been represented in history, art, literature, music, and film? What was life like during the Ottoman occupation, in which she lived? What contributions did she make to the Greek Revolution? This is the first book in English about Laskarina Bouboulina (1771-1825), and the first to take a critical look at her life and times.

My book will be out in May! Contributors include:

Foreword- Pavlos Demertzis-Bouboulis, 6th generation descendant and Director of the Bouboulina Museum in Spetses, Greece

Introduction- April Kalogeropoulos Householder, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  1. Reframing the Greek Revolution: A critical Survey of Sources Related to Bouboulina- April Kalogeropoulos Householder
  2. Yona Stamatis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois, Springfield
  3. Sharon Gertsel, Ph.D., Professor of Byzantine Art and Archeology, UCLA. Director, UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
  4. Lydia Papadimitriou, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University. Author, Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities
  5. Kalomoira Argyriou Koubi, Former Director of the Spetses Historical Archives, author of (in Greek) Women’s Affairs of the 19th Century (2017), What We Had Given Her (2019), and The Daughter of Laskarina (2021)
  6. Maureen Connors Santelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College. Author of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions
  7. Ewa Róża Janion, Ph.D., Modern Greek and Italian studies scholar, and Assistant Professor at the Center for Modern Greek Studies at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Poland. Janion is the author of Imaging Suli: Interactions between Philhellenic Ideas & Greek Identity Discourse (2015).
  8. Alexander Grammatikos, Ph.D., Department of English, Langara College (Vancouver, B.C.). Author, British Romantic Literature and the Emerging Modern Greek Nation. (2018).
  9. Christina Tsardikos, President, Nostos Argentina: Association for Hellenic Culture
  10. Anastacia Antonopoulou, Ph.D., Professor of German Literature and Comparative Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  11. Berke Torunoglu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). Author, Estranged Subjects of the State: Neo-Hellenes and Neo-Russians in the Ottoman Empire 1830-1876 (2022)
  12. Gabriele Paolini– Ph.D,, holds a doctorate in History of the Twentieth Century: Politics, Economics, Institutions, and is an associate professor of Political Science and Contemporary History at the University of Florence, Italy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spadolini Nuova Antologia Foundation and a member of the Tuscan Society for the History of the Risorgimento. His research interests include nineteenth-century European History, the Risorgimento, relations between church and state, political representation in liberal Italy, and World War I. He has published several essays and books, and his most recent publication is Inside and Outside Parliament: Political Representation and Political Struggle in Liberal Italy (Milan, 2020).

My piece, “Remembering Bouboulina” for KPHTH magazine, the official publication of the Pancretan Association of America is out now. The article commemorates Bouboulina’s contributions to the Greek Revolution, and appears in the June/July 2021 issue.

Read my interview with the Greek Herald (Australia), about my collaboration with artist Effie Chaniotis on the Bouboulina and Philip Modern Icon, to be dedicated to the Bouboulina museum next year!

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Me with Phillip D. Bouboulis at the Bouboulina Museum in Spetses, 2003


Listen to the interview I did about Bouboulina with Agape Greek Radio! Tina Adamopoulos’ show, Gynaikes Mazi airs at 1pm EST daily, M-F, or click here to listen:


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Please consider donating to Friends of the Bouboulina Museum.

Founded in 1991, the Bouboulina museum in Spetses, Greece, seeks donations for supporting the continued maintenance and operations of this historical site. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has been closed for much of the last year, resulting in financial hardships for the family-run museum.  Please donate to help keep this important cultural site, and the amazing story of Bouboulina and her contributions to the Greek War of Independence, alive!  Send $5 or $500, every bit helps. GoFundMe: Friends of Bouboulina’s Museum.


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Join Dr. Jodi Kelber-Kaye and me as we discuss Baltimore's Socialist Feminists of the 1970s: Community Empowerment and Urban Collectives, from our book chapter in Baltimore Revisited.  March 5, 2021 at 12pm. Link to the UMBC Library Spotlight Series event recording:

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Advertisement for Adrienne Rich poetry reading, sponsored by the women’s community of Baltimore, to benefit Women: A Journal of Liberation, April 22, 1977.

I am excited to announce that I have commissioned a painting of Bouboulina, the heroine of the Greek Revolution, and subject of my dissertation and film, to be dedicated to the Bouboulina museum. The painting will feature Bouboulina and her 5th- generation grandson, Philip Demertzis-Bouboulis, who founded the museum in 1991.

Greek-Australian artist Efrossini Chaniotis will bring her to life- the first portrait of Bouboulina painted through the eyes of a woman! I won’t give too much away, but Effie is getting started and it’s going to be awesome! The big reveal will happen this summer at the Bouboulina museum, for the bicentennial celebration in Spétses, Greece.Screen Shot 2021-02-09 at 11.06.22 AM

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