Dr. Maria Georgopoulou was educated at the University of Athens, Greece, the Sorbonne, and the University of California, Los Angeles, from where she received her Ph.D. in Art History in 1992. She taught art history at Yale University (1992-2004) where she also founded the Program for Hellenic Studies. She is currently Director of the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She has edited numerous books and articles, and has curated several exhibitions. Her scholarly work explores the artistic and cultural interactions of the Mediterranean peoples in the Middle Ages within their economic and social context.
Her monograph, Venice's Mediterranean Colonies: Architecture and Urbanism (Cambridge University Press, 2001), examines the architecture and urbanism of Venetian Crete in the later Middle Ages. Professor Georgopoulou has been the recipient of a National Humanities Center Fellowship, a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, a Fulbright Grant, a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, and has been a Junior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.