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Vassiliki Rapti received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with an Emphasis in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. She joined Harvard University in fall 2008 as Preceptor in Modern Greek. She studied Greek language and literature (classical, medieval, and modern) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (BA, 1988) and the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne (D.E.A.,1993). She also holds a M.A. in English (2000).

Dr. Rapti's publications and research interests center upon Modern Greek literature, avant-garde theatre and performance, especially surrealist drama and the poetics of play and games. Her articles appeared in Text and Presentation (2004 & 2005), TheatronThe Charioteer, and Scientific Journals International. Her current book-length projects are a study of ludics in surrealist and postmodern theatre and a monograph on the theatrical work of the Greek author Nanos Valaoritis.

She founded the Washington University journal Theatron, of which she was co-editor (2003-2006). She also conducts research on Modern Greek language pedagogy with a focus on teaching with technology. She was one of the two keynote speakers at the most recent Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies (MO3) Conference in June 2009. She has delivered a range of papers on her current research topics on ludics in surrealist theatre, as well as on innovative approaches to teaching Modern Greek as a Second Language.

She also extensively teaches on topics relevant to Greek literature, the reception of Greek tragedy, Greek mythology, Modern Greek poetry, comparative drama, literary theory, world drama and literature, and the Olympic Games as a major civilizing agent.

For her research and teaching she has received, among other grants and awards, the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard (Spring 2009), The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation grant for her position as an Assistant Professor at UMSL (2004-2008), the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship from Washington University where she also received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 she was included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

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