Panayis Panagiotopoulos was born in 1971 in Paris.

He completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science  at the University of Athens, obtained a Master Degree of Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) with Michel Wierviorka and he successfully defended his PhD thesis in  Philosophy at the University of Paris X-Nanterre with Etienne Balibar.  Ηe has worked as member of the Faculty at the Department of Political Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and taught at the Hellenic Open University.

Since 2006 he has been working as a member of the Faculty at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he is now Associate Professor in Sociology and director of the Sector of Social Theory and Sociology.

his early research was aimed at exploring  the sociology of reclusion of the Greek communists and the memory of the victims of the Nazi concentration-extermination camps, the ethics of the communist parties, the phenomenology and sociology of terrorism and political violence. He now focuses on the dynamics of social and cultural post-junta period as well as on the social experience of technological disaster management in Greece in the second half of the 20th century and more generally on political and cultural sociology in contemporary Greece.

He has published, among others, the following books:

-The Event. Cruelty, war and politics after 9/11 (reissued by Oxy Publications in 2021)

-Technological disasters and the politics of risk. Regressions of social modernization in Greece 1947-2000 (Polis publications)

-the collective work Greece in the 80’s. Social, political and cultural dictionary (co-edited with Vassilis Vamvakas by Epikentro)

– the collective work Political and Cultural Aspects of Greek Exoticism (co-edited with Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos  by Palgrave Macmillan).

His book Adventures of the Middle Class.. Sociological records in post-junta Greece was publish in 2021 (Epikentro).

In 2018, he edited the Greek publication of Emmanuel Macron’s Speech in Pnyx, by Melani Publications.