Maria Korasidou was born in Drama in 1959. She studied Political Sciences and History at University of Social Sciences of Grenoble and University 7 of Paris. To date, she has written the following books: The miserables of Athens and their therapists. Poverty and philanthropy in the Greek Capital in the 19th century (1995), When Illness threatens. Surveillance and control of the Greek population’s health in the 19th century (2002). She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences where she teaches “History of Social Policy”.