Vasileios Syros is a Senior Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland at the Finnish Centre of Political Thought & Conceptual Change. His research interests focus on the interaction among the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions of political thought as well as on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period. He is also engaged in the comparative study of European and Islamic empires, ideas on imperial ascendancy and decline, and pre-modern approaches to the comparative study of diverse forms of political organization and types of government.
Syros has published Die Rezeption der aristotelischen politischen Philosophie bei Marsilius von Padua (Brill, 2007); Well Begun is Only Half Done: Tracing Aristotle’s Political Ideas in Medieval Arabic, Syriac, Byzantine, and Jewish Sources (ACMRS, 2011); and Marsilus of Padua at the Intersection of Ancient and Medieval Traditions of Political Thought (University of Toronto Press, 2012). He is currently at work on a new book project entitled Renaissance Jewry in an Age of Skepticism: Simone Luzzatto on Economic Decline and Religious Tolerance. His writings have been published in various international peer-reviewed journals, including: Bulletin de philosophie médiévale, History of Political Thought, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of World History, Medieval Encounters, Philosophy East & West, Revue des Études Juives, and Viator. In 2009 he was appointed editor-in-chief by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for the series Medieval Confluences: Studies in the Intellectual History and Comparative History of Ideas of the Medieval World.
He has held research appointments at several institutions, including the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study. He taught previously at The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago, the École Pratique des Hautes Études, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Helsinki. He also served as visiting professor at the University of São Paulo, Charles University in Prague, University of Beijing, and Eötvös Loránd University.
He is the recipient of a number research grants and awards, including an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), an Erik Allardt Fellowhip (Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds) at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Uppsala), a Distinguished Guest Fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and a Visiting Fellowship in Jewish Studies from the Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation.