Alexandra Bakalaki was born in Thessaloniki in 1953. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University (1975) and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1983). Between 1987 and 2000 she taught at the Department of Social Anthropology (now Social Anthropology and History) of the University of the Aegean in Mytilini and since then she teaches at the Department of History and Archaeology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her academic interests center on the anthropological study of gender and the body, economic anthropology, Greek ethnography, social theory and history of anthropology. She has done ethnographic field research in Athens and Thessaloniki and currently in the small Cycladic island of Therasia.