Gelina Harlaftis

Professor of Maritime History
E-mail: harlaftis[at]uoc[dot]gr
Office No.: 45
Telephone: 0030 28310 77344
Office hours: Friday 1.30-2.30 p.m.

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Gelina Harlaftis is Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) since 2017. She has graduated from the University of Athens and has completed her graduate studies in the Universities of Cambridge (M.Phil.) and Oxford (D.Phil.). She started her academic career at the University of Piraeus (1990-2002), continued at the Ionian University (2003-2019), and since 2019 is Professor of Maritime History in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete. She was President of the International Maritime Economic History Αssociation (2004-2008). In 2009 she was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University;  in 2008 an Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., International Visiting Scholar in the Business History Program, Harvard Business School; in 1999 Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Maritime Studies of Greenwich University; in 1998 visiting professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has published 26 books in English, Canadian and Greek publishing houses and 60 articles in edited volumes and international peer-reviewed journals in Greek, English, French, Italian, German and Russian. Her last book is Creating Global Shipping: Aristotle Onassis, the Vagliano Brothers and the Business of Shipping, c.1820-1970, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Research Interests: Maritime History, Economic and Social History, Business History, Global History and Diaspora History


Recent publications: 


  • Gelina Harlaftis, Creating Global Shipping: Aristotle Onassis, the Vagliano Brothers and the Business of Shipping, c.1820-1970, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
  • Gelina Harlaftis, Dimitris Dimitropoulos and David J. Starkey (eds), Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th Centuries, Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, Athens 2016
  • Evrydiki Sifneos and Gelina Harlaftis, Οι Έλληνες της Αζοφικής, 18ος-αρχές 20ού αιώνα. Νέες προσεγγίσεις στην ιστορία των Ελλήνων της νότιας Ρωσίας [Greeks in the Azov, 18th-beginning of 20th century. New approaches in the history of the Greeks in South Russia], National Research Foundation, Institute of Historical Research, Athens 2015
  • Gelina Harlaftis and Katerina Papakonstantinou (eds), Η ναυτιλία των Ελλήνων, 1700-1821 [Greek Shipping, 1700-1821. The Heyday before the Greek Revolution], Kedros Publications, Athens, 2013
  • Gelina Harlaftis and Radu Pǎun (eds), Greeks in Romania, 19th century, Historical Archive of Alpha Bank, Athens 2013
  • Gelina Harlaftis, Stig Tenold and Jésus M. Valdaliso (eds.), World’s Key Industry. History and Economics of International Shipping, Palgrave/MacMillan, London 2012
  • Viktor Zakharov, Gelina Harlaftis and Olga Katsiardi-Hering, Merchant ‘Colonies’ in the Early Modern Period (15th – 18th Centuries), Chatto & Pickering, London, 2012


  • Gelina Harlaftis and Christos Tsakas, “The Role of Greek Shipowners in the Revival of Northern European Shipyards in the 1950s” in Niels P. Petersson, Stig Tenold, and Nicholas White (eds.), Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era. Contexts, Companies, Connections, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave/Mcmillan, 2019,  pp. 185-212
  • Gelina Harlaftis, “Shipping” in Teresa da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski and Heidi Tworek (eds), The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon / New York, NY, 2019
  • Gelina Harlaftis, “Inter-Firm Credit in Maritime Europe. Greek-owned Shipping Business, 19th and 20th centuries” in Michel Lescure et Michael Moss (dir.), Aspects of Corporate Finance: Inter-Firm Lending. Explorations from a Modern European Perspective,  Institut de la gestion publique et du développement économique, Comité pour l’histoire économique et financière de la France, Paris 2019 (in english and french), pp. 55-66
  • Gelina Harlaftis, “Black Sea and its Maritime Networks, 1770s-1820s. The Beginnings of Its European Integration,” in Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini”, Maritime Networks as a Facor in European Integration, Prato, Firenze University Press, 2019, pp. 355-382
  • Sophia Laiou, Dionysis Tzakis and Gelina Harlaftis, “Νεοελληνική και Οθωμανική Iστορία στο Iόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο [Neohellenic and Ottoman History in Ionian University]” in Olga Katsiardi-Hering and Vaso Seirinidou (eds), Νεοελληνική Ιστορία και Οθωμανικές Σπουδές [Neohellenic History and Ottoman Studies]”, Dpt of History and Archaeology, University of Athens, Athens 2017, pp. 67-74
  • Gelina Harlaftis, “Merchant Shipping in the International Journal of Maritime History”, International Journal of Maritime History, vol. 26, 1, 2014, pp. 139-147
  • Gelina Harlaftis, ” The Onassis global shipping business: 1920s–1950s”, Business History Review, Volume  88, Issue 02,  Summer 2014, pp. 241 – 271
  • Gelina Harlaftis, “Το κατηγορώ” του Αριστοτέλη Ωνάση προς τους εφοπλιστές και την ελληνική κυβέρνηση το 1947” [The ‘J’accuse’ of Aristotle Onassis to the Shipowners and the Greek Government in 1947], Ionios Logos, 2013, pp. 325-400
  • Gelina Harlaftis and George Kostelenos, «International shipping and national economic growth: shipping earnings and the Greek economy in the nineteenth century», Economic History Review, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp. 1403–1427, November 2012