Athena (Nadia) Macha-Bizoumi is an assistant Professor of Folklore, Department of History and Ethnology, Demokritus University of Thrace (Greece). She read History and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina and was awarded a doctorate in Folklore Studies from the Department of History and Ethnology of the Democritus University of Thrace in 2011. In 2006, she completed a course in Museum Science at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation. She was a member of the teaching staff of the University of West Attica (Technological Educational Institute of Athens, 2013-2017), and has also taught in Post-Graduate Programmes (“Museum Studies”, “Folklore”) of the University of Athens (2014-2017). In her research, she focuses on tracing the historicity of traditional popular culture. Among her particular interests are the comparative study and recording of the history of Greek local costumes. She has published articles on these subjects in Greek and international scientific journals, multi-author volumes and exhibition catalogues. She is a founder member of the Hellenic Costume Society, and a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM GR), of the ICOM Costume Committee (ICC), and of the Greek Folklore Society.