Born in Thessaloniki, Anastasia Karakasidou received her undergraduate and graduate education in the US. She holds a doctorate degree in social and cultural anthropology from Columbia University (1992). Her disseration and early reearch focused on the ethnicity and culture of the Slavic-speakers of northern Greece. Her monograph “Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to nationhood in Greek Macedonia” was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1997. She has been teaching at Wellesley College since the fall of the same year and she is currently researching and writing a book about the cultures of cancer.