Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where she finished her undergraduate studies in Classics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1982). She received a M. Phil. (1984) and a D. Phil. (1993) in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, U.K., her doctoral dissertation exploring ethnic identity among Greeks from the island of Castellorizo settled in Perth, Australia. She has worked as a researcher at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens (2004-2010) and has taught in the Universities of the Aegean, Ioannina, the Greek Open University (2011-2019) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2011-2019), where she currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in Folklore Studies and Director of the Folklore Museum and Archives in the Department of Philology.
She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Greece (mainly in Arcadia, in the Dodecanese, and in urban areas), among diaspora Greeks (in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.A.) and among migrants in Greece. Her research interests include migration and diaspora studies, religion, ritual and symbolism, local and ethnic identity and its inter- and trans-generational transmission, memory sites and internet ethnography, material culture, oral history and literature, and folk and popular culture in public and in globalizing contexts. She has also conducted research and published articles on the history and theory of folklore in Greece, and on folklore, anthropology and education.
She has edited a bilingual ethnomusicological collection of folk songs from Vytina, Arcadia (by S. J. Chianis, 2013), and has published a monograph on realms of memory in Castellorizian migration and diaspora (Athens 2017, in Greek). She has published widely in Greek and international journals, in books and conference proceedings and has been a member of the organizing committees of various conferences. She is a member of scholarly societies (such as the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA), the Société Internationale d’ Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF), the Hellenic Folklore Society, the Greek Society for Ethnology, etc.), and a committee member of the Institute of Folk Culture of the University of Athens, based on Karpathos, Greece. She has participated in various research programs, including a European Union-funded programme on “Education for non-Greek and for Repatriating Greek Students”/ “School and Family Connection”, administered by the University of the Aegean, in which she coordinated research and training in 70 primary and secondary schools in the area of Attica, Greece (2011-2013). She has also created an archive of autobiographies and oral narratives by migrants and members of the Greek diaspora in the Department of Philology of the University of Athens (2012 – the present).
Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou has received various awards and scholarships, including being a Visiting Scholar at the Europe Centre of the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia (summer 2004). She has also carried out research in Tarpon Springs, Florida, as part of a Fulbright scholarship in affiliation with the Department of Society, Culture, and Language of the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg (Dec. 2015-March 2016). This research focused on the effects of the Greek crisis upon the diasporic identities of Greek Americans of Tarpon Springs hailing from islands of the Dodecanese, with particular emphasis on their transnational relationships with Greece and on the maintenance and transformation of their traditional cultures.