In her role as Director of Academic Initiatives and Experiential Learning, Kalentzidou oversees curricular initiatives, implements proposals for new degrees, administers SGIS overseas study scholarships, advises SGIS student organizations, and coordinates school-wide internship opportunities. Additionally, she directs the Peace Corps Prep and the Diplomacy Lab Programs at IUB.
Her areas of research and expertise include immigration and ethnicity, food memory, identity, material culture, food security, Greece and the Balkans, community engagement, and experiential learning and pedagogy.
Olga is visiting faculty in International Studies where she teaches service-learning courses. She is adjunct faculty in Anthropology and affiliated faculty in the Institute for European Studies (EURO) and the Russian and East European Studies Institute (REEI). She is the recipient of the Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award, a member of the IUB Service-Learning Advisory Board, and actively engaged in community-based projects with Bloomington’s food agencies. Dr. Kalentzidou received her B.A. from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2001.