Maria Papadakis has worked in higher education for 16 years and is currently the Manager in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. She is responsible for the academic management, staff supervision, and financial administration of the program.
Prior to joining the Princeton community, Maria worked at the Columbia University Business School and Columbia’s Teachers College, as well as Hunter College in New York City. Born in New York, Maria spent her formative years on the island of Corfu, Greece, where both her parents come from.
She received her Doctor of Education as well Master of Arts degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and her doctoral dissertation was on the Experiences of First-Generation Students at One Ivy League Campus. In 2016, she presented her research on Developing Trust and Empathy in Diverse Cohorts at the International Transformative Learning Conference.
In 2017, she was the recipient of Princeton University’s President’s Achievement Award, the highest level of recognition for employees, for her exemplary management of the multiple priorities of students, faculty, and staff.