Faculty & Staff

Panayota Gounari, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Language and literacy education, language policy, critical discourse studies, critical pedagogy


PhD, Language and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Boston
BA, Greek Philology/Linguistics, National University of Athens, Greece

Additional Information

Research Interests

Politics of language, neoliberal discourses, language and critical theory, critical pedagogy, bilingualism, and ideology


Grollios, G. & Gounari, P. (2016). Liberatory and Critical Pedagogy in Greece: Historical Routes and Perspectives. Athens, Greece: Gutenberg.

Gounari, P. & Grollios, G. (Eds.). (2010). A Reader of Critical Pedagogy. Athens Greece: Gutenberg Publications.

Articles and Book Chapters (select)

Gounari, P. (2016). The Necropolitics of Austerity: Discursive Constructions and Material Consequences in the Greek Context. Fast Capitalism, 13.1.

Grollios, G. & Gounari, P.  (2015). The Design of New Curricula in Greek Compulsory Education. Ekpaideutiki Lesxi: Web Journal for Critical Pedagogy and Social Emancipation.

Foley, J, Morris, D., Gounari, P., Agostinone-Wilson, F. (2015) Critical Education, Critical Pedagogies, Marxist Education in the United States. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 13 (3).

Gounari, P. (2015). Neoliberalism and the Politics of Despair in Greece. Utopia, 112.

Gounari, P (2014). The Polis is Oneself: The “Occupy” Movement as a Site of Public Pedagogy. Iperistoria, No.3, March. http://www.iperstoria.it/joomla/numeri/23-saggi/saggi-num-3/141-gounari-occupy

Gounari, P. (2014). For a Critical Pedagogy of Disobedience. Grollios, G., Liambas, T, Pavlidis, P. Proceedings of the IV International Conference on Critical Education. Thessaloniki, Greece, 298-311.

Gounari, P. (2014). Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: Erich Fromm and The Politics of Hopelessness in Greece. In Kress, T. & Lake, B. (Eds.) Reclaiming the Sane Society: Essays on Erich Fromm. NY: Springer.

Gounari, P. (2014). Rethinking Heritage Language in a Critical Pedagogy Framework. In Trifonas, P. & Aravossitas, T. (Eds.) Rethinking Heritage Education. Cambridge University Press.

Gounari, P. & Grollios, G. (2012). Educational Reform in Greece: Central Concepts and a Critique. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (2), 303-318.

Gounari, P. (2012). Neoliberalizing higher education in Greece: new laws, old free-market tricks. Power and Education, 4 (3), 278-289.

Gounari, P. (2012). Critical Pedagogy and Peace Education: Understanding Violence, Human Rights, and the Historical Project of Militant Peace. In Wright, B. & Trifonas, P. (Eds.) Critical Peace Education: Difficult Dialogues. New York: Springer.

Gounari, P. (2009). Rethinking Critical Literacy in the New Information Age. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 6(3), July, 148-175.

Gounari, P. (2009). Manufacturing Fear: The Violence of Anti-Politics. In Schostak, J. and Schostak Jill (Eds). Researching Violence, Democracy, and the Rights of People. London, UK: Routledge, 180-195.

Popular Media

“Der Fall Griechenland: Von einer Politik, die Krankheit und Tod heranzüchtet” in Istinalog. (Summer 2015)

“The Neoliberal Politics of Social Necrophilia in Greece.” In AnalyzeGreece. http://www.analyzegreece.gr/topics/time-of-crisis/item/73-panayota-gounari-the-neoliberal-politics-of-social-necrophilia-in-greece (February 2015).

“Griekenland: neoliberalisme als sociale necrofilie” in De Wereld Morgen (April 3, 2014).

“Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece.” In Truthout, March 21 2014. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/22584-neoliberalism-as-social-necrophilia-the-case-of-greece

“Papandreou Co-Opted Revolution: Now the Greek People Must Reclaim it. In Truthout, October 29, 2011.

Classes Taught

APLING 614 Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
APLING 621 Psycholinguistics
APLING 634 Critical Discourse Analysis
APLING 643 Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Critical Pedagogy

Social Media & Web