Dr. Athanasios Moulakis
President and Provost
The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Dr. Athanasios Moulakis has over forty years of experience in higher education and academia in Europe, the United States, and Asia.
He joined the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in September 2010. As the chief executive officer, Dr. Moulakis has overseen the young institution’s expansion from a small start-up to a prominent, American-style university serving students from every area of Iraq and across the region.
Before joining AUIS, Dr. Moulakis served as Chief Academic Officer and Interim President at the American University of Afghanistan, where he was also a Distinguished Professor of Government & International Relations. Prior to moving to Asia, Dr. Moulakis directed the Institute of Mediterranean Studies at the University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano.
Dr. Moulakis has also held teaching positions in political science, philosophy, and the humanities at University of Colorado, Boulder, the European University Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Ruhr Universität, Bochum. He was also a Fulbright Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jena.
Dr. Moulakis has authored and edited numerous books on the history of political thought and liberal education, including Beyond Utility, Liberal Education for a Technological Age (1994), which won the AAC&C Frederick Ness Award for Best Book on Liberal Education and was named Choice “Outstanding Book of the Year.”
Dr. Moulakis obtained a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Ruhr Universität, Bochum in 1969. Dr. Moulakis speaks fluent English, German, French, Italian and Modern Greek.