Maria Hadjiathanasiou is a cultural historian. She holds a PhD in Modern History and an MA in Art History from the University of Bristol (UK), and a BA in English Literature from the University of Essex (UK). Between 2019 and 2021 she was the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions / Widening fellowship, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, researching cultural diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean ('Power through Attraction: British, Greek and Turkish Cultural Diplomacy in Cyprus'). Maria's monograph Propaganda and the Cyprus Revolt: Rebellion, Counter-Insurgency, and the Media, 1955-1959 was published by I.B. Tauris (2020). Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her main research interests are in cultural diplomacy and policy, insurgency studies, propaganda and cultural history. Maria currently works as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the UNESCO and European Research Area Chairs on Digital Cultural Heritage, at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in the research field of Digital Heritage and Cultural Informatics.