Maria Nikolakaki is Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Education at the University of Peloponnese, Greece. She received her doctorate (Ph.D) from the University of Athens (2000) and is a widely considered to be a leading expert on democracy and education. In addition to her PhD, Nikolakaki holds two BA degrees and two MA degrees in education. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of London (UCL) and at the University of Athens. She was Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA) and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University (UK). She has published extensively in the areas of neoliberalism and critical pedagogy, mathematics education, citizenship education, and lifelong learning. Her publications include the books: Critical Pedagogy in the New Dark Ages (Ed. With Noam Chomsky, Henry Giroux, Howard Zinn, Paulo Freire and others), Critical Perspectives in Educational Policy: The Changing Terrain of Power and Knowledge (with Tom Popkewitz), The Modernization of Mathematics Education in Greek Primary Schools, The Myth and the Reality of Greek Education: Cross-curricularity and Team Teaching in Schools, Globalization, Technology and Paideia in the New Cosmpolis (Ed.), Towards a School for All: Cross-curricularity and Inclusion in Greek Primary Schools (Ed.), and Education of the Pre-school Age. She has published more than 70 articles in journals and conference proceeding. She is a Unionist and an activist.