Maria Hadjipolycarpou (PhD, University of Michigan) was a James A. Winn Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. The Institute supported the writing of her dissertation in Comparative Literature, which focuses primarily on the relationship of history and life-writing in narratives of the 20th century. She is the founder of “Mediterranean Topographies” (Meditopos), an interdisciplinary research group interested in the modern Mediterranean culture, literature, society, architecture, and history.
Her research and teaching interests include: autobiography; postcolonial studies; Mediterranean literature and culture; oral traditions; partition literature; island studies. Within a comparative framework Maria points out critical connections between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean focusing particularly on islands and their contribution to the project of empire. Her article “The Nation of Saints: The National Theological Rhetoric of Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977)” was published by the Journal of Modern Greek studies in May 2015.
She currently works on a book project with tentative title, Lives in Disguise: Autobiography in the Modern Mediterranean.