Maria Hnaraki, PhD

Director of Greek Studies; Associate Teaching Professor

Maria Hnaraki

Office: PSA 304
Phone: 215.895.6143


  • PhD, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, 2002

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Cultural anthropology & performance of the Mediterranean
  • Greek music and dance
  • Cretan folk poetry
  • Taxonomy and digitization of music archives
  • Kazantzakis and music
  • Folklore aspects of the Greek language

Research Projects

  • Teaching English through Greek
  • Preservation of Cretan archives
  • Creative approaches in music and language education


Maria Hnaraki is the founding Director of Greek Studies at Drexel University and the author of Cretan Music: Unraveling Ariadne’s Thread. She holds a Diploma of Art in Music Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MA and a PhD in Ethnomusicology, Folklore and Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Additionally, she has a Piano Soloist Diploma from the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and degrees in Theory, Pedagogy and Music Education from the National Conservatory of Athens. She has received numerous awards and has extensively presented in international conferences, published book reviews and articles, as well as instructed and performed Mediterranean music and dance. In addition, she has created and now directs the experiential “Study Abroad in Crete” Program.

Selected Publications

  • Baked Realities: Big Fat Greek Breads. Petis Propos Cullinaires,89:35-66 (See:, 2010.
  • Bridging Kazantzakis’s The Sacrifice and Kalomiris’s The Masterbuilder (Liner Notes). In recording of Manolis Kalomiris’s Opera The Masterbuilder. Athens: Greek National Opera, 2008.
  • Cretan Music: Unfolding Ariadne's Thread. Athens: Kerkyra Publications, 2007.
  • Entry for “Greece”. The Ethnomusicologist's Cookbook. New York: Routledge Press, pp. 240-245, 2006.
  • Entry for “Greece”. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife. London: Greenwood Press, pp. 493-501, 2006.
  • Speaking Without Words: Cretan Dance at Weddings as Expression, Dialogue and Communication. Folklor Edebiyat 45 (1): 93-106, 2006.