Marios Hatzopoulos was born in Athens in 1968. He read Philosophy at the University of Crete and obtained a master's degree in Political Science at the University of Athens. He carried on his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received his doctorate (2005) under the supervision of Professor Anthony D. Smith. A former scholarship recipient from Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (1997-2000), he has also been awarded the London Hellenic Society Post-graduate Prize (1st) for writing the best essay on Greek history (2005). He has presented numerous papers on Greek nationalism and published in journals and edited volumes. In the academic year 2006-2007 he taught Modern European and Greek History in the University of Peloponnese. Since February 2007 he is Junior Research Associate at the Institute for Neohellenic Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens.
His research mainly focuses on the interplay between pre-modern myths and modern ideology in early 19th century Greece. Other research interests include: Ottoman and modern Greek history; theories of nationalism; empire and nation-state formation in SE Europe; religion and nationalism in 19th century Greece; identity politics in the Ottoman empire.