Athena Athanasiou is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece. She holds a Ph.D. from New School for Social Research, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University (2001-2002). She has authored the books: Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007); Crisis as a State of Exception: Critiques and Resistances (Athens, 2012); and she has co-authored, with Judith Butler, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). She has also edited: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks' (co-ed. with Elena Tzelepis, SUNY Press, 2010); and Biosocialities (Athens, 2011). She is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, at Columbia University. She is Vice President of the Nicos Poulantzas Institute, and member of the National Commission of Human Rights, Greece.