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Professor Maria Tamboukou

Professor of Feminist Studies

Social Sciences

Maria Tamboukou is Professor of Feminist Studies. She is the Research Degrees Leader of  the School. of Social Sciences and teaches at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Her research interests are in the philosophies of social sciences, feminist theories, narrative and archival research methods and studies in neo-materialism

    Maria Tamboukou (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Feminist Studies at the School of Social Sciences, University of East London, UK.  She has held visiting research positions in a number of institutions and is currently Affiliated Professor in Gender Studies at Linnaeus University Sweden, Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Australia and member of the Scientific Board of the 'Hannah Arendt Centre for Political Studies' at the University of Verona, Italy. Maria's research activity develops in the areas of philosophies and epistemologies in the social sciences, feminist theories, narrative analytics and archival research. She is the author of 7 monographs, 2 co-authored books, 3 co-edited volumes on research methods and more than 70 articles and book chapters. Writing histories of the present is the central focus of her work, currently configured as an assemblage of feminist genealogies.

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    Affiliated Professor in Gender Studies at Linnaeus University Sweden

    Adjunct Professor, Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Australia

    Member of the Scientific Board of the 'Hannah Arendt' Centre for Political Studies at the University of Verona, Italy. 


    Editorial Activity


    2012-present     Co-editor, Gender and Education

    2014-present     Editorial Board, Qualitative Research Journal

    2010-present      International Advisory Board, fe journal: feminist critique

    2006-2012     Editorial Board, Gender and Education

    2014-present: Member of the scientific committee of the book series at the ETS Edizioni, based in Pisa, Italy.

    Reviewer of book proposals for Macmillan, Palgrave, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

    Reviewer for a number of journals, including Body and Society, British Journal of Sociology, Critical Studies in Education, Cultural Economy, Discourse, Emotion, Space and Society, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Gender and Education, History of Education, Feminist Psychology, International Journal of Critical Psychology, Journal of Education Policy, Sociology, Polity, Qualitative Research, Subjectivity, Theory, Culture and Society.


    Research positions and visits

    July 2010: Australian Academy of Humanities Visiting Fellow
    2006-2011: Erasmus Visiting  Scholar, University of Peloponese, Greece
    October 2009: Visiting Scholar, Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece

    May 2006: Visiting Scholar, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

    April 2006: Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria, Australia

    March 2006: Visiting Scholar, Boston College, USA

    October 2003: Visiting Scholar, University of Natal, South Africa

    1999-2002: Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College, London.







    Writing histories of the present is the central focus of Maria's work, currently configured as an assemblage of feminist genealogies:


    Technologies of the Female Self: Women in Education (1993-2003)

    In the Fold Between Life and Art: a genealogy of women artists (2003-2010)

                                Archival site: Nomadic Narratives


    Background with needles: a genealogy of the seamstress (2010-present)

                               Archival sites:

                               Sewing, Fighting and Writing

                               Gendering the Memory of Work

                                Women Workers' Education


    Love, Gender and Agonistic Politics (2012-present)

    New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How matter comes to matter' (2014-present)

    2017-2019: 'Nordic Circle: Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics'. International scholarship network funded by the Nordic Summer University. (

    2014-2018. EuropeanCooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research, COST ActionIS1307 (New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship On 'How Matter comesto Matter!)

    2012-2013, British AcademySmall Research Grant, Educating theSeamstress: Women Workers’ Contribution to the cultural life of the twentiethcentury [SG112079]

    July 2010, AustralianAcademy of Humanities visiting fellowship: Building and exploring connections,commonalities, contradictions and boundaries within and between creative artsresearch and narrative inquiry.

     January 2010-September 2010, British EducationalResearch Association ‘Meeting of Minds Fellowship’

     2003-2004: AHRB small grantfor the research project ‘In the fold between art and life: a genealogy ofwomen artists’. [B/SG/AN10693/APN17267]

    2003-2005: Methods in Dialogue ESRC seminar seriesgrant with Molly Andrews, Corinne Squire and Phil Cohen

    1999-2000: Internal evaluation andprogramming of educational work in the school, Pedagogical Institute,Athens, fundedby EU.

    Research networks 

    • UEL
    • External
    • New Materialism: Networking European scholarship, COST ACTION IS1307
    • Nordic Circle: Narrative and Memory
    • BSA Auto/biography
    • International Auto/biography Association


    • Feminist Theories
    • Philosophies and Epistemologies in the Social Sciences
    • New Materialism


    • Archives
    • Genealogies
    • Narratives