Aristotelis Kallis was born in Athens in 1970 and grew up in New Smyrni, in a district that preserves the memory of a large history. He studied history at the University of Athens and then completed a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He lives in the UK since 1993 — first in Edinburgh, then in Bristol and (since 2003) in the post-industrial Manchester. He teaches modern European history and political science at the University of Lancaster. His research interests focus on the study of various aspects of extremism, starting with the interwar period and the phenomenon of fascism, with particular emphasis on Italy and Germany. His scientific endeavors went through the startling landscapes of mass violence and the Holocaust, before extending his work to more modern forms of extremism (such as the extreme right in Europe today, the comparative study of genocide and discrimination against Islam and immigrants). One of the largest and most important parts of his research and personal interests has to do with participating in the activities of non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights and against racism. His always intense personal interest in the developments in Greece is now matched by an equally strong academic interest in political and social conditions in the country, especially with regards to the impact of the crisis on society, deteriorating living conditions, the rising of domestic racism and discrimination against immigrants, both on an institutional and on a mundane level.