Faculty Bio

Maria Hantzopoulos

Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Teacher Education

Maria Hantzopoulos earned her B.A. from Boston University in History and her M.A. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also completed her doctorate at Teachers College in International Educational Development with a specialization in peace education. Before coming to Vassar, Dr. Hantzopoulos supervised pre-service undergraduate and graduate student teachers at Columbia University’s Barnard and Teachers Colleges and worked as a staff developer with middle and high school teachers. She also taught and worked in New York City public schools for 13 years, served on the planning teams of several new small local high schools, and worked with a variety of established youth organizations, including ASPIRA of New York and Seeds of Peace.  Professor Hantzopoulos presently remains active with many NGOs and non-profits on curriculum writing, advocacy, and policy.  Her current research interests and projects involve historical textbook analysis, critical media literacy, urban educational reform, and peace and human rights education.  Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Journal of Peace Education, Peace Review, Schools: Studies in Education, and Rethinking Schools. She is also the co-editor, with Dr. Alia Tyner-Mullings, of Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in NYC Urban Educational Reform (Information Age, 2012) and is the recipient of the Social Science Research Council/British Council "Our Shared Past" grant.  Professor Hantzopoulos is the the coordinator of the Secondary Education program and also a participating faculty member in the Urban Studies and Women's Studies Programs at Vassar College.