Nikos Potamianos was born in Athens in 1971. He has studied history in the departments of History and Archaeology of the Universities of Athens and Crete; in the latter he has earned his Phd. In 2016 he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly. In 2016 and 2017 he has taught in the Departments of Political Science and of History and Archaeology in the University of Crete. In 2018 he began to work as an assistant researcher in the Institute for Mediterranean Studies - FORTH.
He is member of the academic board and reader in the journal Ta Istorika, and scientific collaborator in the Small Enterprises' Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME-GSEVEE). His books include: Oi Noikokyraioi. Shopkeepers and master artisans in Athens 1880-1925 (Cretan University Press); Noble pachyderms and suffering workers. Topical histories from the beginnings of the 20th century (Assini editions); and the children's history book Stories I told my daughter about prehistory (Kedros editions). His new book under publication is about the social history of the carnival of Athens 1800-1940 (Cretan University Press). He is currently (2018) working on issues of the 20th c. history of the traditional petite bourgeoisie, as well as on the concept of moral economy and its potential for historical research.