Maria Hadjiathanasiou is an academic. She holds a PhD in Modern History and an MA in Art History both 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/counterinsurgency studies, propaganda and cultural history. Maria works as a Research Coordinator at GNOSIS | Mediterranean Institute for Management Science, and she is a Senior Research Associate to the Diplomatic Academy at the University of Nicosia.