State Rep. Demetrios Giannaros

 Professor of Economics

School of Business, University of Hartford

860-768-4799; email;


Dr. Demetrios Giannaros is a Professor of Economics at the University of Hartford since 1980.   He was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1994 and has served as State Representative since then.


Rep. Giannaros received his Ph.D. in Economics, MA in Development Economics and an MA in Political Economy at Boston University.  Since his graduation he has taught at Boston University, Suffolk University, and Jagiellonian University (Poland), in addition to the University of Hartford.


In the Legislature, Rep. Giannaros currently serves as Chairman of the Education Committee, has served as Chairman of Energy & Technology Committee (1988-2002) and Vice-Chairman of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee (1995-present).  He also has served on the Connecticut State Tax Commission, International Trade Commission and the Legislature’s Clean Air Group.


At the University of Hartford, Rep. Giannaros has served in a number of administrative positions: Director of International Studies, Associate to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Executive Masters in Public Administration Program.


In 1997-1998, Prof. Giannaros was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale University.  He is also the recipient of the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship (ACE Fellow).  This is a highly competitive fellowship for select scholars from around the country for their significant contribution to education and their promise as future leaders.  During his stay in DC, he worked for the International Education Commission and served as Special Assistant to the President of The George Washington University concentrating on administration and budgets.


Between 1993-98, Prof. Giannaros was Director of the U.S. Consortium for Management Education in Central and Eastern Europe – a special cooperative project comprised of Columbia University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston College.  The goal of this project was to train professors and executives in former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe for the transition to market economies and to assist in establishing western-style business schools at these countries’ universities.


Rep. Giannaros is a well-respected economist.  He lectures and makes presentations on economic, business, and public policy issues, nationally and internationally.  He has published extensively in many professional business and economic journals. His article, “Budget Deficit Debate, A Review of the Recent Empirical Studies,” co-authored with Dr. Bharat Kolluri, was cited twice (January 1987 and January 1989) by the Congressional Budget Office in its report to the U.S. Congress.


He also served on the Board of Directors of the College of Southeastern Europe and as President of the Northeast Business and Economics Association. 


Recently, he was elected as President of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Union, an association of elected Hellenes (Greek heritage) from around the globe.