Maria Oikonomou studied Comparative and Modern Greek Literature as well as Theater and Italian Literary Studies at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Munich. From 2001 to 2007 she worked as a Lecturer at the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Munich. From 2008 to 2015 she was Assistant/Adjunct Professor at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in Vienna, where, since March 2016, she has held an ‘Elise Richter Senior Position’. She was twice Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2011/2014). She is currently working on her book project Of Animals, Machines, and Revenants: The Migrant Body in Literature.