Maria Kaliambou

Sr Lector in Hellenic Studies
34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-8936

Maria Kaliambou earned her first degree in History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Folklore Studies/European Ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 2005. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 (2006) and post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University (2006-2007). Since 2007 she has been teaching courses in folklore and Modern Greek language at the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale. She was also visiting lecturer at the department of Folklore Studies/European Ethnology and Modern Greek Studies, University of Munich (summers 2009, 2010). In 2006, she received the “Lutz Röhrich prize” in Germany for her book Heimat – Glaube – Familie. Wertevermittlung in griechischen Popularmärchen (1870-1970) [Home – Faith – Family: Transmission of Values in Greek Popular Booklets of Tales (1870-1970)]. In 2011 was elected by the European Commission as Erasmus Student Ambassador of Greece. Her research interests range from folk narrative (with a specialization in folktales), popular literature, history of books, history and theory of folklore studies, Southeast European cultural studies, and European philhellenism. She is currently working on her new book “The Book Culture of Greek-Americans” and on an edition of Greek folktales.