Faculty & Staff

ASC Faculty

dr hab. Grzegorz Kość

ASC Director


Room 308

Office hours: Wed 10a.m. – 12 noon| Zoom

An associate professor, Kość is the author of two critical books, Robert Lowell: Uncomfortable Epigone of the Grands Maîtres (Peter Lang, 2005) and Robert Frost’s Political Body (Camden House, 2014). Recently, he has contributed essays to Papers on Language and Literature, Partial Answers and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. In 2009 Kość was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago; he has been a recipient of three OPUS research grants from the National Science Center Poland. At present, he is coediting, with Steven Axelrod, a new edition of Robert Lowell’s autobiographical prose, Robert Lowell’s Memoirs, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021. [full profile]

dr Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska

ASC Counselor for Students’ Affairs


Room 303

Office hours:
Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on ZOOM.
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Her research interests are: functioning of myths and stereotypes in culture and their representation in the media, war in culture, war propaganda, mass culture phenomena, advertising role in American culture, commercial culture, American art at the turn of the 20th century.

Courses taught: American Media, media and Democracy, Media Cultures, American Advertising and the Rise of Consumer Culture, Culture and Commerce, Proseminar: Research Writings and Techniques, MA Seminar: Media and Society.

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dr hab. Tomasz Basiuk, prof. ucz.

Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE)


Room 308

Tomasz Basiuk received his doctoral degree from the University of Warsaw in 1997 and his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) from the University of Gdańsk in 2014. His research interests include contemporary American fiction and life writing, critical theory, and queer studies. He published a monograph on William Gaddis (Wielki Gaddis 2003) and another on American gay men’s life writing since Stonewall (Exposures 2013). He edited and co-edited four volumes in American studies and queer studies, and a special issue of Dialogue and Universalism on gender studies. He is a founding co-editor of InterAlia, a queer studies e-journal (www.interalia.org.pl), established in 2006. Prof. Basiuk was recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Grant in 2004-2005, as well as of other fellowships. He is now Principal Investigator in a HERA Uses of the Past grant “Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures.” From 2005 to 2012, Prof. Basiuk served as head of the University of Warsaw American Studies Center. As of 2016, he directs the UW Institute of the Americas and Europe. He is currently President of the Polish Association for American Studies. [publications]

Courses taught: Postmodern Literature and Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Film and Media, Testimony, AIDS Narratives, Camp, Andy Warhol. Dr. Basiuk also teaches the preparatory seminar for the annual Transatlantic Student Symposium

dr hab. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska

Director for Students’ Affairs of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE) – Head of the Educational Unit


Room 306

Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska is a historian and Associate Professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. She specializes in 20th-century social and cultural history of the United States and Poland. Her areas of research include: women’s and gender history, transnational history of reproduction and public health, and history of social movements (particularly birth control, eugenic, and anti-abortion movements). Currently Professor Kuźma is the Principal Investigator in the National Science Center OPUS research grant “Polish Immigrant and Second Generation Women in the United States: Private and Intimate Lives (1890-1940)” and a Co-Investigator in the grant “Catholicizing Reproduction, Reproducing Catholicism: Activist Practices and Intimate Negotiations in Poland, 1930-present” also funded by the National Science Center OPUS grant. [full profile]

dr Clifford Angell Bates, prof. ucz.


Room 309

Office hours: By appointment

I am an American, born in Rhode Island. I am a political scientist, whose focus is the history of political philosophy/theory, with subspecializations in comparative politics, International relations, literature and politics, and American Constitutional Thought and Institutional History. My first book was on Aristotle’s Best Regime (LSU 2004), and the 2nd book is The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science (WUW, 2016). I am very much interested in the intersection between human biological nature, human institutions, and environmental forces that come to shape the political and social forces of humanity.  I am working on two projects: the question of formation of state structures (and concepts) and their viability over time and my exhaustive commentary on Aristotle’s Regime Science. [full profile]

dr hab. Elżbieta Bekiesza-Korolczuk


Room 108A

Elżbieta Korolczuk, PhD is a sociologist, working at Södertörn University in Stockholm and teaching at American Studies Center, Warsaw University. Her research interests involve: gender, social movements and civil society. She published numerous texts, e.g. on the women’s movement and its relation with neoliberalism, on new forms of citizenship, politicization of reproduction and anti-gender mobilization in Poland and abroad. Together with Renata E. Hryciuk she co-edited two books on motherhood and fatherhood in Poland and Russia: Pożegnanie z Matką Polką (2012) and Niebezpieczne związki. Macierzyństwo, ojcostwo i polityka (2015). Most recent publications include two edited volumes: Civil Society Revisited: Lessons from Poland co-edited with Kerstin Jacobsson (Berghahn Books, 2017), Rebellious Parents: Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia co-edited with Katalin Fábián (Indiana University Press, 2017), and articles, e.g., “Gender as ‘Ebola from Brussels’: The Anti-colonial Frame and the Rise of Illiberal Populism” published (together with Agnieszka Graff) in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society in 2018.

dr Héctor Calleros Rodriguez


Room 112

Office hours: Fri 4p.m. – 5:30p.m. | Zoom

Dr. Calleros is a lecturer and researcher at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw. His research is centred on the analysis of political processes, social conflicts and ethnicity. On Political Institutions, his focus is on the role of the legislature within constitutional democracy. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Bucharest´s Research Institute and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Warsaw´s Institute of International Relations. He has provided advice on public policy (conflict resolution, human rights, transparency and elections) in Mexico. Trained as a Political Scientist, Dr. Calleros obtained a B.A. from UNAM´s School of Political and Social Sciences. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Leeds (U.K.) and received his M.A. in Legislative Studies from the University of Hull (U.K.). Dr. Calleros has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Spain, Poland, Rumania, Mexico and the United Kingdom. [full profile]

dr Matthew Chambers

Editor-in-chief of The New Americanist


Room 102

Office hours: Wed 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

Matthew Chambers is an associate professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. He serves as the Academic Writing Coordinator and as the editor of the ASC’s peer-reviewed journal The New Americanist. His monographs include Modernism, Periodicals, and Cultural Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and London and the Modernist Bookshop (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He has articles and reviews published in Modernism/modernity,  the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Transatlantica: Revue d’Etudes Américaines, The Modernist Review,. In 2018, he founded the Writing Lab at the American Studies Center, which provides tutoring on writing for all ASC students. [full profile]

dr Małgorzata Durska


Room 112

Sociologist and economist. The recipient of numerous scholarship programs, e.g. Fulbright (Indiana University and New York University), Erasmus Sigma and U.S. Department of State. Academic researcher and lecturer at Executive MBA programs, consultant in business communication and business culture with a 3-year experience in international advertising company at the position of a Creative Director. For many years served as a Deputy Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe, a coordinator of academic mobility, and a coordinator of Polish-American Entrepreneurship Program. Co-founder and the first director of Polish Professional Women Network. Translator of business culture books. Currently serves as an Executive Director of the Polish Business Roundtable. Privately: a mother of two grown-ups, traveler, blogger, cyclist, vegetarian and a maniac of good cinema. Major research interests: American business culture, organizational cultures, gender issues in business, emotional history of American business.


Courses taught: Business Culture in the U.S., Communicating Effectively at the American Workplace, Organization Behavior, Can Women Have It All?: The US Debate on Female Careers and Maternity at the Turn of the Century, Intercultural Communication, Key Readings in American Society.

dr Alicja Fijałkowska-Myszyńska


Room 113

Dr. Alicja Fijałkowska-Myszyńska holds a PhD in Political Science (WDiNP UW 2012), MA in International Relations (ISM UW 2009) and Iberoamerican Studies (ISIiI UW 2010). She also studied journalism and audiovisual communication (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and sports journalism and promotion of sport (ID UW). Between 2009 and 2013 Dr. Fijałkowska-Myszyńska worked as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw. She is also an expert of Latin American Program at Lech Walesa Institute and a member of PTSL, IPSA, LASA and SLAS. She cooperates with research networks IAFOR and Red Internacional de Ciencias Sociales and was a guest lecturer at the universities in Turkey, Spain and Mexico. Dr. Fijałkowska-Myszyńska was awarded Nowoczesny Uniwersytet scholarship and the fellowship of the Kosciuszko Foundation at the University of California Los Angeles. She also worked for FIFA, UEFA, psz.pl and Globovisión ans is frequently invited by the media as an expert in Latin America. Her research interests are: politics in the countries of Latin America, Inter-American relations, Latinos in the US, political communication, media, Latin American soccer.

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Dra Alicja Fijałkowska-Myszyńska – obtuvo doctorado en ciencias políticas (WdiNP UW 2012) y maestría tanto en relaciones internacionales (ISM UW 2009) como en estudios ibéricos e iberoamericanos (ISIiI UW 2010); estudió también periodismo y comunicación audiovisual en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y periodismo deportivo y promoción de deporte (ID UW); entre 2009 y 2013 investigadora en el Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Varosovia; experta del Programa Latinoamericano del Instituto Lech Wałęsa; miembra de PTSL, IPSA, LASA y SLAS; colabora con redes de investigación IAFOR y Red Internacional de Ciencias Sociales; profesora invitada en las universidades en Turquía, Espana y México; becaria del programa Nowoczesny Uniwersytet y de fellowship de la Fundación Kościuszko en la Universidad de California en Los Angeles; trabajó también para la FIFA, la UEFA, psz.pl y Globovisión; aparece con frequencia en los medios de comunicación como experta en América Latina; areas de investigación: política de los países latinoamericanos, relaciones interamericanas, Latinos en los EE.UU., comunicación política, medios de comunicación, fútbol latinoamericano.

dr hab. Paweł Frelik, prof. ucz.


Room 306

Office hours: Tue 3p.m. – 4p.m. & more | Bookable Calendar

Paweł Frelik’s teaching and research interests include science fiction, audiovisual media (film, television, video games, music video), and unpopular culture. He has published widely in these fields, serves on the boards of Science Fiction Studies (USA), Extrapolation (USA/UK), and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (UK), and is the co- editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction book series at the University of Wales Press. In 2013-2014, he was President of the Science Fiction Research Association, the first in the organization’s history from outside North America. He now serves as Science Fiction Division Head of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. In 2017, he was the first non-Anglophone recipient of the Thomas D. Clareson Award. [full profile]

dr Marcin Gajek


Room 113

Office hours: Thu 9:30a.m. – 10:30a.m. | Zoom

Political scientist and americanist. Holds double MA in political science and American studies received from University of Warsaw and Ph. D. in political science obtained at Polish Academy of Science. Former Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at Collegium Civitas; currently assistant professor at American Studies Center (University of Warsaw). His research interests include history of political thought and political philosophy – especially republican tradition, American political thought – and theory of democracy as well as American political system. Alumnus of the Tertio Millennio Institute and Study of the U. S. Institute for American Political Thought. Scholar visits at Stanford University, University of Massachusetts and Charles University in Prague. Published at Zoon Politikon, Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies, Political Studies Review, Studia Territorialia. [full profile]

dr William Glass, prof. ucz.


Room 306

Office hours: Mon 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.| Zoom
Tue 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. | Zoom

William Glass earned degrees in history from Centre College (BA) and Emory University (MA, PhD) and studied church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He teaches courses on American history, religion, race, and cinema. His research interests center on American Protestantism, the American South, and the use films as cultural documents. His research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has been a Fulbright Fellow in Poland. He has published essays in The Journal of Church and State, Film & History, Jewish Social Studies, and contributed entries for American National Biography and the Encyclopedia of Southern Religion. [full profile]

dr hab. Agnieszka Graff-Osser, prof. ucz.


Room 112

Agnieszka Graff received her M.St. from Oxford University in 1994 and her PhD from Warsaw University in 2000. Her postdoctoral degree (habilitacja) in cultural studies was granted by University of Warsaw in 2014, based on a series of publications on gender and national identity in Polish and U.S. culture. Her research interests include American feminism and anti-feminism, U.S. popular culture and the transnational anti-gender movement. At the ASC she teaches US culture, literature and film, African American studies, feminism and gender studies. She has authored several books of feminist essays: Świat bez kobiet (World without Women, 2001); Rykoszetem (Stray Bullets – Gender, Sexuality and Nation, 2008), Magma (The Quagmire Effect, 2010), Matka Feministka (Mother and Feminist, 2014). Her articles on gender in Polish and U.S. culture have appeared in collected volumes and academic journals including Public Culture, Feminist Studies and Signs and East European Politics and Societies. She co-edited the Spring 2019 theme issue of the journal Signs “Gender and the Rise of the Global Right”. Agnieszka Graff is a co-organizer and speaker of Congress of Polish Women, collaborator of the Batory Foundation, Heinrich Boell Foundation and Political Critique. She writes for major journals and newspapers, including Gazeta Wyborcza, where she has a regular column. She has authored introductions to Polish editions of several classic texts of American feminism: Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique (2012), Susan Faludi’s Backlash (2013) and Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider (2015). Her ongoing research is on connections between the anti-gender mobilization and right-wing populism; her book on this topic, co authored with Elżbieta Korolczuk entitled Anti-gender Politics in the Populist Moment is forthcoming with Routledge in 2021. A complete list of Agnieszka Graff’s publications can be found here.

Courses taught: Race in American Film (MA proseminar); The American Essay since World Wat II (BA elective); Misfits, Rebels, and  Outlaws: Landmark Movies of the 1950s and 1960s (BA elective); Gender, Populism, and the New Culture Wars (MA elective co-taught with dr hab. Elżbieta Korolczuk); After Irony: Public and Private ‘Feeling’ in Contemporary US Culture (MA elective)

dr Ludmiła Janion

ASC Mobility Coordinator


Room 102

Office hours: Tue 10a.m. – 11a.m. | Zoom

Ludmiła Janion is a cultural studies scholar, an Assistant Professor at the American Studies Center. Her research and teaching interests include media, gender, and sexuality studies. Ludmiła Janion received her M.A. degrees in philosophy (Institute of Philosophy, UW) and American studies (American Studies Center, UW) and her Ph.D. in cultural studies (“Artes Liberales”, UW). In her doctoral dissertation, she analyzed the westernization of discourses of gender nonconformity during the transition era in Poland. She has published in Central Europe and Sexualities. [full profile]

dr hab. David Jones, prof. ucz.


Room 307

On leave

Professor of International Relations, International Law, International Management, from 2005. Ph.D. in Management (Dissertation on Healthcare Management) from Rockefeller College, State University of New York, Albany. Sc.D. (Habilitacja), political science, University of Warsaw. Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM). Research interests: Artificial Reproduction/Medical Tourism, Sino-American-European International Trade, “Critical” Analysis of U.S. Legal System, Critique of 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy. University of Warsaw Rector’s Award, 2017, Distinguished Faculty Award, 2018, Norwich University, the Military Academy of the State of Vermont. Academic Dean, 2003, Concordia International University Estonia, Professor Ordinarius, 2003-2004, University Nord (Estonia), Faculty Advisor, Oxford Banking Forum, University of Oxford, 2000-2005. Presidential appointment, United States Rank Award Review Board, 1992. Gubernatorial appointment, two terms, state commission on sentencing. [full profile]

dr Agnieszka Kotwasińska


Room 108A

Office hours: By appointment

Agnieszka Kotwasińska holds M.A. degrees from the Institute of English Studies and American Studies Center, the University of Warsaw. In 2017 she received her doctoral degree in literary studies from the University of Warsaw. In her doctoral dissertation she analyzed transformations of American families and kinship structures in contemporary horror fiction by women. Since 2012 she has been working at American Studies Center, where she offers courses in American literature, genre literature, horror cinema, and new media. She specializes in Gothic and horror studies, gender studies and queer theory, and feminist new materialism(s). Her current research interests center on literary and film canon formation, embodiment in the so-called low genres, reproduction of death in horror narratives, weird fiction(s) and schizoanalysis. [full profile]

dr Karolina Krasuska


Room 307

Office hours | By appointment

Educated in Poland, Germany, and the United States, Karolina Krasuska is Associate Professor (adiunkt) and the founding director of the Gender/Sexuality Research Group. Her research and teaching areas include: cultural theory, memory studies, gender studies, and twenty- and twenty-first century literature, including Jewish American literature. Dynamic, student-centered and socially engaged teaching constitutes the core of her pedagogy. She initiated the American Studies Colloquium Series at the ASC (2010) and was awarded the University of Warsaw Teaching Award in humanities (2017). Recipient of multiple scholarships and grants, currently she is working on her second book project on post-Soviet migrant memory, Jewishness, and American literature, funded by the National Science Center. [full profile]

dr Anna Kurowicka


Room 118

Office hours: Mon 10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. | Zoom

Anna Kurowicka received a PhD in cultural studies at the University of Warsaw for a dissertation entitled “Politics of Asexuality. A Critical Analysis of Discourses on Asexualities.” In 2015, she was awarded the Kosciuszko Foundation grant to conduct research at Emory University. She has published on the representation of asexuality in popular culture, the intersections of asexuality and disability, and Polish asexualities in Teksty Drugie, Feminist Formations, Studia de cultura, and in collected volumes. Her current research is focused on cultural representations of asexuality, connections between asexuality and queer theory, and asexuality and genderlessness in SF. She is a member of the Gender/Sexuality Research Group and the Speculative Texts and Media Research Group at the ASC. [full profile]

dr Zbigniew Kwiecień


+48 22 55 333 28 – please contact us only via email until further notice

Room 309

M.A. from Department of History at the University of Warsaw in Far Eastern Modern Diplomatic History and Ph.D. in American Far Eastern Policy in late 1930’s. Ten years of teaching of Modern and Contemporary History of International Relations in the Institute of History, University of Warsaw as an Assistant Professor and Senior Assistant Professor. Since 1984 in the American Studies Center teaching courses in various aspects of the United States’ history – mostly diplomatic and military. Teaches also Modern and Contemporary World History at the Alexander Gieysztor Academy of Humanities in Pułtusk. Interests – military history and plastic modelling. [publications]

Courses taught: U.S. – Cuban Relations, The Civil War, U.S. Diplomatic History up to World War II, Vietnam War, The American Revolution, Korean War 1950-1953, Interventionism in the History of American Foreign Policy, The U.S. and World War I, The U.S. and World War II, The United States and China, Asians in the U.S.A., The U.S.A. – A Colonial Empire?, MA Seminar in American History. [ watch a video ]

dr hab. Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann


Room 112

Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann is a Latin Americanist, with a master degree in Iberian and Latin American studies and Ph.D in Earth sciences within the field of social geography. She received her post doctoral degree (habilitacja) at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Warsaw. She was a Fullbright scholar at the University of Florida, Gainesville and took part in scholarship programs in Cuba, Great Britain, Germany and Mexico.

Her research interests span the fields of geography and cultural studies. She has worked on changes taking place in Latin American rural areas (including migratory movements of rural population), being the author of a monograph “Culture in local development: cultural heritage in socio-economic strategies of Latin American rural communities” based on the results of research conducted in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He is currently working on a book on contemporary Afro-American communities. She is also interested in Latin American debates on the concepts of development and sustainability and in alternative strategies of change constructed by rural communities.

Courses taught at ASC: BA – Human Geography of the United States, Afro Latin Americans in the 21st century, Migrations, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America; MA – U.S. Regions: Toward a Sustainable Future.

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Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann tiene maestría en estudios ibéricos e iberoamericanos y doctorado en geografía humana. Obtuvo su diploma posdoctoral (habilitación) en la Facultad de Geografía y Estudios Regionales de la Universidad de Varsovia. Fue becaria del programa Fullbright (Universidad de la Florida, Gainesville) y de programas de estancias académicas en las universidades de Cuba, Gran Bretana, Alemania y México, entre otros.

Sus investigaciones se sitúan entre la geografía humana y los estudios culturales, con el interés particular en las transformaciones de las áreas rurales latinoamericanas, incluyendo los movimientos migratorios de sus habitantes. Es autora de una monografía “Cultura en el desarrollo local: el patrimonio cultural en las estrategias socio-económicas de las comunidades rurales latinoamericanas” basada en resultados de sus investigaciones de campo realizadas en Ecuador, en el Perú, en Argentina, Chile y México. Ahora está trabajando en un libro dedicado a las comunidades afrolatinoamericas. La interesan también los debates latinoamericanos en torno al concepto y visiones del desarrollo y sostenibilidad, así como las estrategias alternativas de cambios que surgen en el seno de las comunidades rurales.

dr Krystyna Mazur


Room 102

Krystyna Mazur received her MA from the English Department of the University of Warsaw and her PhD from Cornell University. Her major research interests are in the field of American poetry, queer studies, and film studies. She has also written on transnational modernist and contemporary American literature, Latino/a literature in the US and African American literature and film. Her Poetry and Repetition was published by Routlege in 2005. Currently she is working on a book on Queer Feminist Filmmakers, a collection of articles on queer experimental film, and a book on Barbara Hammer.

Courses taught (selected): Lost in Translation: Literature and Liminality; The Other Modernism: Expatriate American Women Writers in Europe; Latin@ Literatures; American Women Poets; Theory of Poetic Language; The New York School(s): Poets and Painters; American Poetry after 1945 and other poetry courses; Gay and Lesbian Literature and Queer Theory. Also: Literature and Film; Introduction to Film Studies; Queer Movies; African American Film; Film Adaptations, Writing About Film. [ watch a video ]

prof. dr hab. Stanisław Obirek


Room 101

Office hours: Thu 1p.m. – 2p.m. | By appointment

Full professor of humanities, Obirek, a culture anthropologist. He was a visiting professor in Holy Cross College in Worcester MA, and a fellow in St. Louis University. His books include  The Jesuits in the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, 1564-1668 (1996); Winged Mind. Walter Ong’s Anthropology of Word (2010);  with Zygmunt Bauman, On God and Man. Conversations (2013); with Arno Tausch, Global Catholicism, Tolerance and Open Society. An Empirical Study of the Value Systems of Roman Catholics (2020). At present, he is working on a book dealing with global understanding of postsecularism. He is interested in the place of religion in modern cultures, interreligious dialogue, and strategies for overcoming conflicts between different civilizations and cultures. [full profile]

dr Natalia Pamuła


Room 118

Office hours: Tue 11.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. | Zoom

Assistant Professor at the ASC, graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) in 2018. Her research interests include disability studies, American and Polish literature, gender studies, mad studies, environmental studies, and discard studies. She publishes on the cultural history of disability and representations of disability in Polish literature. She co-edited, with Marta Usiekniewicz and Magdalena Szarota, a special issue of Studia de Cultura 10(1)/2018 devoted to disability studies in Poland. She’s the Polish translator of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, which came out in 2020 with Fundacja Teatr 21. She’s an ally of people with disabilities and she combines academic work with activism. [full profile]

dr Ryszard Schnepf


Room 113

Office hours: Thu 9 – 11 a.m.| By appointment

Dr. Schnepf is a historian, political scientist and diplomacy practitioner. His main areas of research and academic teaching are global threats and conflicts, US and Latin American politics, history of political and social movements. In his Ph.D. dissertation he focused on political mass movements in 20 c. Latin America and particularly in Venezuela. In1991 he joined Polish diplomacy and served as four times ambassador to different Latin American countries, Spain and finally to the United States. He also held various high level government positions, a deputy foreign affairs minister among them. Developing his academic activity and while on official trips, he taught courses and lectured at many foreign universities and research institutions (U.S., Spain, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Singapore, France, Germany).  As an Assistant Professor at Iberian Studies Department and now at ASC, he intends to combine diplomatic practice with broad knowledge on international relations. His current teaching interests go towards the functioning of American political system and its ongoing changes, U.S. foreign policy (China, Russia, Middle East, N. Korea and Iran), security problems and U.S. – EU relations. Dr. Schnepf is also covering the topics on diplomatic practice, negotiations, diplomatic protocol issues and public activity, such as tv, radio and conference speeches and presentations. [full profile]

dr Renata Siuda-Ambroziak


Room 101

On leave

An associate professor, specializing in Cultural and Religious Studies and Polish immigration studies in Brazil. She holds a Post-Doc in Sociology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and specializes in Law of Intellectual Property Protection. She leads Brazilian research groups: “Religions, Faiths and Spirituality in the Context of Health and Healing Processes” (UFSC) and “Poles and Polish Descendants in Brazil” (USP) and has been awarded various research scholarships: Fellow Mundus (2015); CAPES – Brasil (2018); CAPES – Brasil (2019); UERJ research scholarship (2020-2021). She performed research at SUNY Buffalo (2019). She is editor-in-chief of the Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review, and the author of the monograph Religia w Brazylii. Uwarunkowania społeczno-kulturowe (Religion in Brazil: Socio-Cultural Determinants). [full profile]

dr hab. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska


Room 306

On leave

Anna Sosnowska a sociologist and an associate professor at the American Studies Center. Her research focuses on the impact of migrations from Eastern Europe and other world’s peripheries on the American cities in the post-industrial era. She is an author of two books: Zrozumieć zacofanie. Spory historyków o Europę Wschodnią (1947-1994), TRIO 2004 and Polski Greenpoint a Nowy Jork. Gentryfikacja, stosunki etniczne i imigrancki rynek pracy na przełomie XX i XXI wieku, Wydawnictwo Naukowe SCHOLAR 2016. She recently published Polish Female Immigrant Niche in Studia Migracyjne-Przegląd Polonijny 2017. Her Explaining Economic Backwardness. Post-war Polish Historians on Eastern Europe is in print at Central European University Press. She teaches graduate research seminars and electives on the US immigration and cities as well as coordinates undergraduate American History and Society sections and course American Society. [full profile]

dr hab. Bohdan Szklarski, prof. ucz.


+48 22 55 333 28 – please contact us only via email until further notice

Room 309

Prof. Bohdan Szklarski:  Associate Professor of Political Science, Graduate of the English Institute, Warsaw University and the Department of Political Science, Northeastern University, Boston. In his over 30 years of teaching he has taught at numerous American and Polish Universities. He served as a director of the American Studies Center, Warsaw University in years 2012-2016. Now he is the Head of the Leadership Studies at ASC.  He also lectures at Collegium Civitas a non-public college of social sciences. He guest lectured at many universities in USA, China, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Czech Republic,  Georgia, Vietnam. Prof. Szklarski’s research interests include: political leadership, political communication, American political culture and institutions, comparative politics and political anthropology. Author of over 60 academic publications. He frequently appears as a commentator on American and Polish political events in the media.  Privately, a fan of Bruce Springsteen, American football and long walks with his golden retrievers.

Courses taught at ASC: American Government, American Political Culture, Political Mythology, Political Communication, Power Game in Washington, American Presidency,  Ideology and American Foreign Policy, Anti-Americanism, Interest Group Politics, Elections in USA,  Gun Culture, Bruce Springsteen’s America, Populism in America, Leadership in America Cultural and Political Perspective, Deindustrialization in USA, Political Radicalism in America, American Liberalism, Seminar in American Political Culture and Institutions.

dr Marta Usiekniewicz

OZN Coordinator


Room 108a

Office hours: Thu 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.| Zoom

Americanist with a Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw, Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw’s American Studies Center. Her research interests cover gender and sexuality studies, feminism, as well as bodies in culture and art. Her scholarship is intersectional, focusing on gender, class, race, and ability. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Fulbright Junior Research Award, which she spent at SUNY Buffalo. She co-taught one of the first courses on disability studies at the University of Warsaw. She also published in InterAlia‘s special issue on disability and illness, Ugly Bodies: Queer Perspectives on Illness, Disability, and Aging. She co-edited, with Natalia Pamuła and Magdalena Szarota, a special issue of Studia de Cultura devoted to disability studies in Poland. [full profile]

prof. dr hab. Marek Wilczyński


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Full professor of humanities, Marek Wilczyński is interested in the history of American culture and literature of the years 1776-1865, in particular in the region of New England between 1776-1939. He also reads widely on the history of American painting (19th-20th century), literary and cultural theory, postmodern American fiction, and comparative literature (Polish and American). He is an author of The Phantom and the Abyss. Gothic Fiction in America and Aesthetics of the Sublime (1798-1856), over eighty articles, most recently in Beyond Philology, Schulz/Forum, and Kultura Popularna. He’s also edited or coedited four collections of essays.

Courses taught: American Exceptionalism and Its Critiques: Theology, Politics, Literature; American Individualism from Ann Hutchinson to Henry Adams; American Literature of Horror from Charles Brockden Brown to H.P. Lovecraft; American Literature of Nature from Puritans to Transcendentalists; Edgar Allan Poe’s Fiction: Horror, Black Humor, Crime; From Calvinism to Transcendentalism: Genealogies of American Romantic Thought; Hawthorne, Emerson, and History; Images of Native Americans in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction; New England Women Writers, 1860-1920; Twentieth-Century Polish Literature; Postmodern American Fiction; Romanticism in America: Figures, Tensions, Contexts; Theories of Culture (18th-20th Century); History of American Literature 1620-1865 (survey lecture); History of American Literature 1865-2000


Affiliated Faculty

  • dr hab. Włodzimierz Batóg, prof. UJK
  • mgr Filip Boratyn
  • dr Jędrzej Burszta
  • mgr Ana Fornet Gómez
  • dr Jo Harper
  • dr hab. Urszula Jarecka, prof. IFiS PAN
  • mgr Gabriela Jeleńska
  • mgr Aleksandra Kamińska
  • mgr Miriam Kołak-Pleśniak
  • dr hab. Andrzej Kondratowicz, prof. SWPS
  • dr Blanka Kotlińska
  • mgr Katarzyna Kucharska
  • dr Karolina Lebek
  • dr Anna Malinowska
  • dr hab. Anna Mazurkiewicz, prof. UG
  • dr Joanna Mąkowska
  • mgr Anna Mejer
  • dr Luis Miletti Gaztambide
  • dr Emma Oki
  • mgr Alicja Relidzyńska
  • mgr Marta Skrzydelska
  • mgr Jan Smoleński
  • dr Diana Stelowska-Morgulec
  • prof. dr Kenneth Stikkers
  • dr Bogdan Szafrański
  • dr Marta Werbanowska
  • dr hab. Justyna Wierzchowska
  • dr Dariusz Zembrzuski

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