Research and Oral History


Research is at the core of HAP’s mission, along with preservation and dissemination.

There are over one million persons of Greek ancestry in the United States and New York is home to the largest Greek population outside Greece and Cyprus. HAP analyzes quantitative data from the U.S. Census, the American Community Survey, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) to better understand the Greek American population. Demographic characteristics such as average family size, language spoken, and income provide valuable insight on ethnic attachment, residential patterns, and social mobility. Promoting an understanding of the Greek American community builds bridges to the experiences of other immigrant communities and diasporas of Queens, the most diverse among highly populated counties in the U.S. and the most linguistically diverse place in the world.

Oral History

Interviews with members of the immigrant generation and American born give them the opportunity to provide a direct narrative, to tell their story.

The interviews are organized into generational oral histories, available below. HAP plays a key role in understanding immigration and the dispersion of Greeks in the U.S. and reflects CUNY’s vision of broad recognition for the quality of its programs in international relations and cultural studies.

Hear the stories of:
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we also conducted many interviews: