Dr. Athena Hadji (B.A., University of Athens, M.A. and Ph.D., UC Berkeley) is an academic, researcher, curator of contemporary art and published and award-nominated author. Athena is a Faculty Member at DIKEMES-College Year in Athens, where she teaches on Cultural Heritage, Art History and Contemporary Art Curating; Adjunct Professor at the American University of Rome, MA Program in Sustainable Heritage; and on occasion Guest Lecturer at the National School of Public Administration of Greece on issues of Cultural Heritage and Urban Sustainability.
Athena is the recipient of prestigious fellowships and awards, among others, from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, ISRF, the Fulbright Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Her awards include a NEON Foundation award for her exhibition THE BODY IS…, a NEON/ Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Curator Award and a literary award from the Municipality of Rhodes.
Athena conducts research and publishes the outcomes thereof in conferences, articles, chapters and books, on a diverse range of subjects, with an interdisciplinary scope, such as contemporary art; Early Cycladic anthropomorphic sculpture; utopian landscapes; Lawrence Durrell; the interconnection between art and archaeology; time and space theory and practice in archaeology; Athenian graffiti and street art; digital pedagogy.