Anna Sydorenko studied Political Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She completed her Ph.D thesis at the Ionian University entitled: “The economic development of the Crimean port-cities, second half of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century. Evpatoria, Sebastopol, Theodosia”. She has received a three-year scholarship 2013-2015 in the research project: THALIS, "The Black Sea and its port-cities, 1774-1914. Development, convergence and linkages with the global economy", (http://blacksea.gr/), financed by the Greek National Strategic Reference Framework, the E.U. and the Greek Ministry of Education. From 2008 till 2010, she participated in the research project “Economic and Social Development of the Azov Port-Cities and the Greeks in the Long 19th century” under the supervision of Professor Gelina Harlaftis and Research Director of the Institute for Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation Evridiki Sifneos. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the project “Seafaring Lives in Transition. Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping during Globalization, 1850s-1920s’”, (European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 2016, project coordinator Apostolos Delis), in the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH). Her research interests lie in the maritime economic and social history, port history and the Greek diaspora.