Athena Athanasiou teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She has received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, in New York, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University, USA (2001-2002). She has authored the books: Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens: Ekkremes, 2007); Crisis as a "State of Exception": Critiques and Resistances (Athens: Savvalas, 2012). She is the coauthor, with Judith Butler, of Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013). She is the editor of Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens: Nissos, 2006); Biosocialities: Perspectives on Medical Anthropology (Athens: Nissos, 2011); and the coeditor, with Elena Tzelepis, of Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks' (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2010).