Marisa Fundopoulou was born in Patra. She completed her encyclical studies in Athens. From 1985 to 1989 she studied in the Classical direction of the Philology Department of the University of Athens. Between 1989-1991 she completed her postgraduate studies at the Institut d' Etudes Europeennes of the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, from where she received a postgraduate degree (Diplome d' Etudes Europeennes). In 1992, as a scholarship holder of the State Scholarship Foundation, she undertook the preparation of a doctoral thesis at the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology of the University of Athens on the topic: "The teaching of the course of Ancient Greek in Greece, France, Spain. Comparative view". She completed her doctoral thesis in 1995 and was awarded a Doctor of the Department with the grade of "Excellent".
She is a vital part of the University of Athens since 1999 as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the School of Philosophy. Hers academic subject is: "Methodology of the teaching of ancient Greek literature. Theory and Practice".
She was the President of the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens from September 2013 to August 2019 and also the Director of the Education Museum of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens from September 2014 to February 2020.