Associate Professor of Geography
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Alex Papadopoulos completed a MA in International Relations in 1985 at The University of Chicago, and received his PhD in Geography also from The UoC in 1993. In the period between degrees, he worked as an expert on enterprise policy for the Commission of the European Communities (EU) in Brussels. In 1996-2001 and 2007-2009 he served as Department Chairperson, and during 1997-99 he concurrently served as the Director of the Study Abroad Program. Throughout Papadopoulos DePaul career he has been significantly involved in governance through his service in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Faculty Governance Council (President 2006-07), in the International Studies and Public Policy Studies Program advisory committees, and in the College’s Personnel and Curriculum Committees, and the Science Task Force.
Papadopoulos teaches courses in urban geography and planning, as well as political geography and geopolitics — courses under the "Explore/Discover Chicago" rubric, Urban Geography, Comparative Urbanism, Geopolitics, and seminars on Globalization, the European Union, and the Balkans.
As an urban and political geographer, Papadopoulos explores the intersection of political processes and urban morphological change. His published work includes a significant monograph on the urban impacts of European integration in the restructuring of Brussels' downtown, and a collection of articles on the urban impacts of market reform and political liberalization in St. Petersburg, Russia. His political geographic research includes works on identity formation and international security in the Southern Balkans. His current research includes two projects: a study of the role of geospatial technologies in the emergence of an American “security state”, and a grant-supported study of the spatial logics of the Vincentian ‘praxis’ in early state formation in France. In the Society of Vincent de Paul Professors, Papadopoulos chairs the committee on the preservation and promotion of the Vincentian archives in Paris, Rome, and Chicago.