Nikos Christofis was born in Larissa, Greece (29.5.1981) and he attended the 9th Lyceum of Larissa. He completed his bachelor studies (1999-2003) in the Turkish Studies (now Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies) Department, University of Cyprus (Nicosia). He completed his B.A. thesis “Constitutional Development in Turkey, 1876-2000” under the supervision of Prof. dr. Niyazi Kızılyürek. He then moved to Great Britain to complete his M.A. studies in the Middle Eastern Studies Department, specialty on Turkish history (2003-2004) in the University of  Manchester (Great Britain). His M.A. studies were guided by Prof. dr. Ferozee Yasamee in the study entitled “Some Greek Views on Turkey, 1919-1922”.

He was a fellow of IKY (State Scholarships Foundation, Greece,  2007-2010) when he enrolled as an MPhil student in Leiden University. In 2009 he expanded his topic to what it would lead to a PhD dissertation. He defended his PhD dissertation successfully (February 3, 2015) at the Leiden University, Turkish Studies Department (now Leiden Institute for Area Studies – LIAS). Nikos Christofis’ dissertation has the title “From Socialism via Anti-Imperialism to Nationalism. EDA – TIP. Socialist Contest over Cyprus”, and was supervised by Prof. dr. Erik Jan Zürcher (Leiden University and International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam). The other members of his committee were Prof. dr. Athanasia (Sia) Anagnostopoulou, Panteion University, Athens (dissertation reader), Prof. dr. Marcel van der Linden, Amsterdam University and International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, and Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian, Leiden University.

His dissertation focused on Greek and Turkish comparative socialist perspectives on the Cyprus Question during the 1950s and 1960s and one of the primary hypothesis is to demonstrate the ways both the Greek and Turkish Left parties passed from an anti-imperialistic rhetoric to a nationalist one; the main sources that are used are Greek (Parliamentary minutes concerning Cyprus and ASKI, Contemporary Archives of Social History, party archives, interviews and newspapers) and Turkish archives (TÜSTAV, Tarih Vakfı, as well as personal archives, newspapers, journals and interviews).

He participated in conferences in Greece, Great Britain, Turkey, Cyprus and in the United States and he wrote opinion pieces on Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Holland in newspapers in Larissa and Athens, and in journals in Turkey. He published reviews, working papers, articles and he updated, revised and annotated the elementary Turkish grammar on behalf of the Linguaphone press (from 64 pages to 216pp.), published in 2011. He is currently revising his MA thesis and preparing it to publish it as a book.

He is fıeld co-editor (chief editor since January 2014) on Ottoman and Turkish Studies in Dissertation Reviews and he is one of the members of the editorial board and reviewer for the e-journal Athens Journal of History. He served also as Special Scientist in the Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies Department at the University of Cyprus teaching a course on political parties in the twentieth century Turkey. In September 2015 he was employed by Fatih University until his application was rejected by the High Council of Education (YÖK) in Turkey, because he was considered ‘dangerous’ for the Turkish state. The official answer of YÖK was ‘uygun bulunmamıştır!