Nikolas Kosmatopoulos is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Zurich, a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Piraeus, another Bachelor and a Master Degree in Social Anthropology from the Free University Berlin. Before joining AUB, he taught at Columbia University, Sciences Po/Paris, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
His research and teaching fields of interest include political anthropology, policy expertise and global institutions, and in particular peacemaking, development and crisis resolution, and as of late, the politics of solidarity at sea. Areas of specialization are Lebanon, the Middle East, Greece and the Mediterranean Sea.
He is currently finalizing a manuscript called “Master Peace: Violence, Experts, Lebanon” for Cornell University Press. He is also the chief navigator of the Floating Laboratory of Theory And Action At Sea, an experimental platform for the dissemination of social knowledge and advocacy about the politics of the sea. His work has been published in Public Culture, Peace- building, Social Anthropology, Third World Quarterly, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLaR) and elsewhere.