Kostas Kostis was born in Athens in 1957. He studied economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and then economic history at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (Paris), where he defended his Ph.D. thesis in 1985, under the title Economie agricole et banque agraire. Since 2004 he is professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and management consultant at Alpha Bank and for many years director of the Economic History Division of the University of Athens.
Kostas Kostis specializes in economic and social history as well as in business history. Among his recent publications: State and business in Greece. A history of the Aluminium of Greece, Athens 2013 (in greek), The spoiled children of History. The formation of the modern Greek state, Athens 2013 (in greek), “La paix introuvable: le cas grec”, St.Audouin – Rouzeau et Chr. Prochasson, Sortir de la Grande Guerre. Le monde et l’après 1918, Tallandier, Paris 2008, « The formation of the state in Greece, 1830-1914 », in F.Birtek and Th. Dragonas (eds), Citizenship and the Nation – State in Greece and Turkey, Routledge, Oxon 2005, History of the National Bank of Greece, 1914-1940, Athens 2004 (in greek), In the time of plague. Images from the Societies of the Greek Peninsula (14th-19th ce.), Heraklion 1995 (in greek). He has also edited numerous volumes, among others: with S. Petmezas, The Development of the Greek Economy in the 19th ce., Athens 2006 (in greek), Modern Banking in the Balkans and West-European Capital, 19th - 20th ce., Ashgate-Scolar Press, Aldershot 1998.