Born in Athens, 1961, Varoufakis moved to England to read Mathematical Economics (Essex), Mathematical Statistics (Birmingham) and to complete a PhD in Economics (Essex). His academic appointments (teaching economic theory and policy, political economics and philosophy, econometrics, and game theory), began at the University of Essex and then took him to the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, Glasgow, and the University of Sydney – before returning to his native Greece to take up an appointment at the University of Athens as Professor of Economic Theory and director of the Political Economy Program, as well as to found UADPhilEcon, an international doctorate program in economics. He now holds a Visiting Professorship at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin. Since the Global and Euro Crises began in 2008, Varoufakis has been an active participant in the debates occasioned by these events. Together with Stuart Holland and James K. Galbraith, he is the author of A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis.
His books include:
- The Global Minotaur: The True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, London and New York: Zed Books, 2011, Second Edition, 2013
- Economic Indeterminacy: A personal encounter with the economists’ peculiar nemesis, London and New York: Routledge, 2013
- Modern Political Economics: Making sense of the post-2008 world, London and New York: Routledge, (with J. Halevi and N. Theocarakis) 2011
- Game Theory: A Critical Text, London and New York: Routledge, (with S. Hargreaves-Heap), 2004
- Foundations of Economics: A beginner's companion, London and New York: Routledge, 1998
- Rational Conflict, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1991