Andreas Avgousti (PhD, Columbia; BSc, MSc, London School of Economics) is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is completing a book manuscript, titled Recovering Reputation: Plato and Demotic Power. This exercise in the history of political thought is intended for those who are cynical about reputation and its democratic potential. It aims to show that reputation is worth thinking about by engaging with Plato, an author whom we do not readily associate with this concept. It focuses on the role which opinion in the form of reputation plays in Platonic politics, to argue that reputation is a demotic power that is sourced in and oftentimes executed by the many. Reputation is a power that circulates among the many, linked to and sustained by myths and rumors, and it is a power that the many exercise through the social mechanisms of praise and blame. Avgousti’s next project is a study in comparative political theory which examines how populist actors form their publics and respond to their judgment; the subjects of the project are St. John Chrysostom, a prolific orator and writer from the Byzantine era, and Archbishop Makarios III, the postcolonial populist leader and first President of Cyprus who uses John to transcend the modern political ideologies of left and right. Prior to coming to UW, Avgousti taught in Columbia’s Core Curriculum between 2013-17. His writing has appeared in Polity, The Cyprus Review, Polis, Diálogos, the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and in History of Political Thought.