Kostas Yannakopoulos studied Law and Byzantine-Modern Greek Literature at the University of Athens. He continued his studies in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) where he completed his PhD thesis in Social Anthropology entitled “Jeux du désir , jeux du pouvoir. Corps, émotions et identité sexuelle au Pirée et à Athènes” (1995).
He taught as visiting professor in Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), in the University of Stockholm (Department of Ethnology) and in the University of Goteborg (Department of Gender Studies) and he was member of the research group “Altérité , sexualité, santé”, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, (Collège de France, Paris). He is currently Director of the MA Program “Gender, Culture and Society”. He is member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and of the scientific committee of the “Review of Social Researches” (“Epitheorisi Koinonikon Erevnon”) and of the editorial board of the journal “Historein”. A Review of the Past and Other Stories”. A Review of the Past and Other Stories”.
His research interests focus on gender, sexuality, health, kinship, feminist and queer theory, the relation between anthropology and psychoanalysis, self- reflexive anthropology and Greek ethnography, the politics of difference and urban space.
He conducted extensive fieldwork and has published in Greek, French and English on men’s same sexuality and male homosociality, AIDS, same-sex families, politics of lgbt and feminist movement, nationalism and football, gentrification and the management of social/cultural difference(s) in urban space. Since 2014, he is conducting research on male homosexuality in post-war Greece.