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Michael Basil Cosmopoulos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Βασιλείου Κοσμόπουλος; born 1963). Professor of Classical Archaeology. Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis; member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Holder of Endowed Professorship in Greek Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
As of August 2001, Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos is the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Endowed Professor of Greek Studies  and Professor of Classical Archaeology with the Department of Anthropology at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before that, he was Professor of Classics and Director of the Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba , in Winnipeg, Canada.
He has studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classical Languages at the University of Athens (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981), the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV (D.E.U.G., 1983), and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A. 1986, Ph.D. 1989). He also holds a Diploma in Underwater Archaeology from the Council of Europe (1984).
He has published 15 books and more than 100 articles and scholarly papers on the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece. He has excavated at several ancient sites, including Eleusis, Mycenae, Epidauros, Ancient Corinth, Ithaca, Pylos, and Oropos. Since 1999 he directs the Iklaina Archaeological Project. Some of his books are:
2015: Bronze Age Eleusis and the Origins of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
2014: The Sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis. The Bronze Age, Vols. I-II. Library of the Athens Archaeological Society 295-296, Athens.
2004 : Η Νάξος και το Κρητομυκηναϊκό Αιγαίο. Στρωματογραφία, Κεραμική και Οικονομική Οργάνωση του Υστεροελλαδικού Οικισμού στη Γρόττα. Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, Δημοσιεύματα Περιοδικού Αρχαιογνωσία, Αρ. 3 ()
2003 : Greek Mysteries. The Archaeology and Ritual of Greek Secret Cults. Routledge, London and New York ISBN 978-0415248730. . Greek translation: Ελληνικά Μυστήρια. Αρχαιολογία και Τελετουργικό των Αρχαίων Ελληνικών Μυστηριακών Λατρειών, Eκδόσεις Ενάλιος, Αθήνα 2007 ISBN 978-960-536-277-5(reviews here:  &  & )
2001-2008 : Journal of Modern Hellenism (co-editor, with A. Gerolymatos, H. Psomiades, C. Ioannides) 
1992 : Macedonia. An Introduction to its Political History. Manitoba Studies in Classical Civilization. Winnipeg ()
1991 : The Early Bronze 2 in the Aegean. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XCVIII. Jonsered.
1984 : Νεολιθική Μικρά Ασία. Αθήνα
1982 : Αρχαικα Εργαστήρια Γλυπτικής. Η Σάμος. Αθήνα
1981 : Υστεροελλαδικοί Θαλαμωτοί Τάφοι. Αθήνα
1979 : Περικλής. Εκδόσεις Παπαδήμα. Αθήνα.
He has also been a major player in the promotion of Greek Studies in North America. In Canada he has founded the Pan-Macedonian Association of Manitoba, the interdisciplinary Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba, and the Canadian Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. In the US he built the Greek Studies Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, established the Nicholas and Theodora Matsakis Greek Culture Center, and organized several international conferences and events promoting Greek culture.
For his research accomplishments he has been awarded the Canada Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities. He has also received numerous teaching awards, including the Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science St. Louis and a National Geographic Society Explorer.