Maria Margaronis is a Greek journalist born and raised in London. She is a correspondent for The Nation, America’s oldest weekly, and a frequent contributor to the Guardian; her reporting and criticism have appeared in many other publications, including the London Review of Books, the TLS, the New York Times and the Village Voice. She also writes and presents documentaries for BBC Radio.
In recent years she has been immersed in the Greek crisis, speaking and broadcasting as well as writing about it for many different audiences. She has also become reluctantly knowledgable about the European far right. Her other interests include Turkey and the post-Ottoman world, migration and refugees, and gender politics. She teaches writing part-time to historians at Birkbeck, translates modern Greek poetry, and is a trustee of the charity Women for Refugee Women.
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student