Andreas Avgousti (PhD, Columbia) 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. Avgousti's work on the ancient Greek concept of reputation extends beyond Plato, with a view to expanding our own ways of thinking about it. To that end he is developing two article-length pieces: Constituting Reputation: A Study of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” and “Assembly-women” and Reputation as a Problem and Reputation’s Problems in Isocrates. Avgousti’s next book-length 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.
Avgousti earned a BSc (First Class) and an MSc (Merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to UW, he taught in Columbia’s Core Curriculum between 2013-17. His writing has appeared in several journals, including The Cyprus Review, Polis, Polity, and History of Political Thought.
From September 2018 onwards he will be Visiting Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department at Portland State University.