Dr. Marilena Zackheos holds a BA in Philosophy and a BA in English Language and Literature from University of Virginia, an MA in English Studies from Queen Mary, University of London, as well as an MPhil and a PhD in English from George Washington University. She has published on postcolonial literary and cultural studies, psychoanalysis and trauma, gender and sexuality. She is co-editor of Vile Women: Female Evil in Fact, Fiction, and Mythology (2014), From Cyprus With Love (2016), and Education in a Multicultural Cyprus (2017). Other work includes “Revisiting Female Intimacy in Luz María Umpierre-Herrera’s The Margarita Poems” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (2016), “Labour Migration, Diasporic Intimacy and Belonging in Maren Wickwire’s Documentary Together Apart” in The Cyprus Review (2019), “The Lesbian Space of Contemporary Greek-Cypriot Art” also in The Cyprus Review (2020), and a co-authored chapter titled “Nicosia’s Queer Art Subculture: Outside and Inside Formal Institutions” in Contemporary Art in Cyprus: Politics, Identity and Culture Across Borders by Bloomsbury (forthcoming, 2021). She is currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Nicosia and Director of the Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies, which cooperates on and develops initiatives addressing diversity locally and abroad. She teaches courses on gender, media, and writing. She also regularly delivers training sessions on cultural intelligence. Lastly, she is a poet and music-maker. Her first poetry collection Carmine Lullabies was published in February 2016. Her music album Oh My was released in March 2017 under the band name Grendel Babies.