Franklin L. Hess


IU Bloomington

Franklin L. Hess is the Director of the Institute for European Studies and the Coordinator of the Modern Greek Program at Indiana University Bloomington.   He has also served as the President of the Modern Greek Studies Association, the principle North American academic organization that is devoted to the promotion of Modern Greek Studies.  Hess completed his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and his research focuses on a variety of topics including Greek film and television, Greek popular culture and music, Greek cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet, and the ramifications of the European sovereign debt crisis on Greek culture.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities on the IUB campus, he also teaches a study-abroad course titled “Food Cultures of Greece” that explores the history and anthropology of the cuisines of Greek-speaking peoples from antiquity to the present.