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, her M.A. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her doctorate at Teachers College in International Educational Development with a specialization in peace education.  Before Vassar, she supervised pre-service student teachers at Columbia University’s Barnard and Teachers Colleges and conducted staff development for middle and high school teachers throughout New York City and nationally.  She also taught and worked in New York City public schools for 13 years, served on several public school planning teams, and worked with (and continues to work with) a variety of established youth organizations and professional educator organizations.  Professor Hantzopoulos’ work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed publications and she is the author of the book Restoring Dignity in Public schools:  Human Rights Education in Action (Teachers College Press, 2016).  She is also co-editor, with Alia Tyner-Mullings, of the volume Critical Small Schools:  Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform (Information Age, 2012) and Peace Education: International Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2016) with Monisha Bajaj.   

Professor Hantzopoulos was also the primary investigator for and recipient of the British Council/Social Science Research Council "Our Shared Past" Grant (along with four other co-investigators – including Roozbeh and Ameena), which culminated in the curriculum "Rethinking the Region:  New Approaches to US 9-12 Curricula on MENA."  She is currently conducting a multi-sited research project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, on project-based assessment in NYC schools.