Ourania Polycandrioti was born in Athens, in 1962. She graduated from the Department of French and Greek Literature (Faculty of Philosophy) at the University of Athens in 1984. In 1990 she defended her Ph.D. thesis on General and Comparative Literature, at the University Paris III - La Sorbonne Nouvelle. Since 1990 she has been working at the Department of Neohellenic Research of the IHR/NHRF, initially as a Research Fellow and today as a Senior Researcher, at the IHR Section "History of Culture and Sciences". She is supervisor of the project "Modern Greek Literature and History of Ideas, 18th-20th c.". Her main research interests include history of literature, modern Greek and comparative literature. She is also interested in the perception and representation of space in literature, in issues of memory and cultural identity building. She has been teaching post graduate courses at the Department of French Language and Literature at the University of Athens (2004-2011) and Modern Greek Literature (19th-20th centuries) at the Hellenic Open University (2004-). She is member of the Executive Committee of the Greek General and Comparative Literature Association (President, 2009-2012, 2012-2015), member of several Greek and International academic associations and also manager of the Newsletter Bulletin of the Department of Neohellenic Research.