Olga Kalentzidou

Olga Kalentzidou

Lecturer, Geography


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001


  • Food Memory
  • Cooking/Cookbooks
  • Migration/Identity
  • Experiential Learning/Community Engagement
  • Teaching Pedagogy/Food Pedagogy


  • G369: Geography of Food
  • G352: Food and Poverty in America
  • G357: Urban Alternative Agriculture

About Olga Kalentzidou

Olga Kalentzidou is an archaeologist whose work encompasses the interaction between geographical boundaries and human behavior. Her past research focused on the meaning and movement of material culture in Northeastern Greece and specifically the ways in which objects actively evoke historical memory and trigger individual remembrances. Her latest research interests include the manner in which culinary and food traditions allow immigrants to negotiate their position in Greek society; how food insecurity impacts migrant and refugee communities, and other resource-strained groups; the effect of urban agriculture on food security; and assessment of student learning through community engagement. She has been an active participant in teaching pedagogy and service-learning initiatives, as well as active learning classroom strategies. Prior to joining the department of Geography at Indiana University, she directed the Modern Greek Studies Program at West European Studies; served as Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the International Studies Major; and was Director of Academic Initiatives and Experiential Learning at the Hamilton-Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and two MAs in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology all from Indiana University. She completed her B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece.


  • Discontinuing Traditions: Using Historically Informed Ethnoarchaeology in the Study of Evros Ceramics. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 7(3): 165-186, 2000
  • Pots Crossing Borders: Ethnic Identity and Ceramics in Evros. Near Eastern Archaeology 63(2): 70-83, 2000