Associate Professor of History Dr. Georgia Tsouvala has been elected the president of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH). The AAH has been the premier organization of Ancient History professionals in the United States and Canada since 1974. The AAH is the largest organization in North America that is devoted exclusively to promoting teaching and scholarship in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world and its relations with other regions in the world.

In addition to communicating matters of common interest to its membership through its website and newsletter, the AAH works with individual universities to organize annual meetings that provide an opportunity to present and discuss research in the field. In 2021, the AAH’s annual meeting will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Furthermore, the AAH offers a mentorship program for both graduate students and professionals in the field; subventions for travel to its annual meetings to students, junior and contingent faculty; sponsors the publication of a series of monographs (Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians), and has also published volumes of collected essays.

Tsouvala joined Illinois State University in 2007. While working on her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, she taught at Hunter College and Western Illinois University. In 2013, she participated in the Provost’s Leadership Initiative, and in 2016 was elected president of the Alumni/ae Association of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). She currently serves as past president of the Alumni/ae Association, and as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the ASCSA, as well as on several committees at ISU.  Tsouvala has received several external grants and written numerous articles on ancient women, as well as on the history and literature of ancient Greece in the late Hellenistic and early Roman period (146 B.C.E.-150 C.E.). She is the co-author of two textbooks, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture (2020), and Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (2017) both from Oxford University Press, and co-editor of The Discourse of Marriage in the Greco-Roman World, (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2020). A forthcoming co-edited volume, Directions for the Study of Women in the Greco-Roman World, is in production with Oxford University Press and is expected to be published in late fall.  Tsouvala serves on the Editorial Board of Research Perspectives in Ancient History, and has given numerous invited lectures both nationally and internationally.

Beginning in April 2020, she serves as president of the Association of Ancient Historians for three years. More information about the organization can be found here.