Maria Hantzopoulos is associate professor of education at Vassar College, where she coordinates the Adolescent Education Certification Program and participates in the International Studies, Urban Studies and Women’s Studies programs. Before joining Vassar, she supervised pre-service student teachers at Columbia University’s Barnard and Teachers Colleges, conducted professional development for teachers and taught in NYC public schools. She has served on school design teams, worked with a number of youth organizations and is on the advisory board for Teachers Unite. She remains active with many NGOs and non-profits on curriculum writing, advocacy and policy.
Maria's work has appeared in a variety of publications, such as Rethinking Schools, Journal of Peace Education and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She is the author of Restoring Dignity in Public Schools: Human Rights Education in Action (Teachers College Press, 2016), and co-editor of the volumes Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform (Information Age, 2012) and Peace Education: International Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2016). Maria also is the recipient of several grants, including those from the Spencer Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, and is conducting research on project-based assessment. She lives in Queens, New York, with her partner and children.