Marijana Hameršak (Split, Croatia 1977) is a senior research associate at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research and a titular assistant professor of the University of Zagreb. She graduated Comparative Literature and General Linguistics from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb in 2000 and earned her PhD at the same faculty in 2008 with the thesis Formations of Childhood and Transformations of Fairy Tales in Croatian Children’s Literature.
She is the author of book Pričalice: o povijesti djetinjstva i bajke (Talletelers: the History of Childhood and Fairy Tale, Zagreb, 2011) and coauthor of the book Uvod u dječju književnost (Introduction to Children’s Literature, Zagreb, 2015; with Dubravka Zima). With Suzana Marjanić she edited Folkloristička čitanka (Folklore Studies Reader, Zagreb, 2010) and with Iva Pleše and Ana-Marija Vukušić Proizvodnja baštine: kritičke studije o nematerijalnoj kulturi (Production of Heritage: Critical Studies in Intangible Culture, Zagreb, 2013). With Emina Bužinkić she edited collection of research articles about Balkan corridor: Kamp, koridor, granica: studije izbjeglištva u hrvatskom kontekstu (Zagreb, 2017), in English Formation and Disintegration of the Balkan Refugee Corridor (Zagreb – Munich, 2018).
The areas of her research interests are history and anthropology of childhood and children’s literature, material and institutional aspects of literature, popular culture, folklore, folklore studies and migration. She is publishing research articles in Croatian, German, English, Polish, Slovenian, Ukrainian and other languages. She was associate of the University of Dubrovnik, member of the editorial board of Libri et Liberi: Journal of Research on Children’s Literature and Culture, one of the editors of the Nova etnografija (New ethnography) book series of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research etc.