Faculty & Staff
dr hab. Grzegorz Kość
+48 22 55 333 40
An associate professor, Kość is the author of two critical books, Robert Lowell: Uncomfortable Epigone of the Grands Maîtres (Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2005) and Robert Frost’s Political Body (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014). He has also co-edited two collections of essays—Tools of Their Tools (Cambridge Scholars, 2009) and The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade (Bielefeld: transcript, 2013). Recently, he has contributed essays to Wallace Stevens Journal, Papers on Language and Literature, and Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas. In 2009 he 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. This year, 2019, he is the President of the Robert Frost Society. He is also co-editing, with Steven Gould Axelrod of the University of California, Riverside (UCR), a new edition of Robert Lowell’s prose, Robert Lowell’s Memoirs, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Courses taught: Culture Wars in American Monumental Art; Race in American Visual Culture; Photography in American Literature; Politics in American Literature; American Political Body; Postwar American Drama; American Short Story; American Literature Before 1945; American Nationalism and Collective Memory; Photographs about America
dr Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska
ASC Counselor for Students’ Affairs
+48 22 55 333 19
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.
dr hab. Tomasz Basiuk, prof. ucz.
Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE)
+48 22 55 333 40
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 Renata Siuda-Ambroziak
Deputy Director for Students’ Affairs of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE)
Dr. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak holds a Post-Doc diploma in Sociology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), a PhD diploma in Social Philosophy, an MA in Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, a BA in Methodology of ELT, a specialization diploma in Latin American Studies. She finished post-graduate studies in Law of Intellectual Property Protection and in HEIs Management.
She specializes in Brazilian studies and religious studies of the Americas. Her areas of research include Polish immigration studies in Brazil. She leads the Brazilian research group (CNPq) on: “Religions, Faiths and Spirituality in the Context of Health and Healing Processes” and a Polish-Brazilian research group: “Poles and Polish Descendants in Brazil,” affiliated at the University of Sao Paulo. She is a member of the following Brazilian research groups: on migration studies (LABIMI) at Rio de Janeiro State University; on ethnicity (LEER) at the University of Sao Paulo; on modern Catholicism at the Pontifical University of Minas Gerais; and on religious studies (LARM) at Rio de Janeiro State University.
Dr. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak has been awarded various research scholarships in Brazil: Nov. 2014-March. 2015 Fellow Mundus Scholarship at the Federal University of Santa Catarina; in 2018 she became the first Pole to receive the most prestigious annual CAPES scholarship for foreign researchers at the federal level; in 2019 – a monthly CAPES scholarship at the University of Sao Paulo; in 2020 – a two-year Rio de Janeiro State University research scholarship.
She has lectured in many Brazilian universities at the state (Rio de Janeiro, Maringa) and federal levels (Bahia, Santa Catarina, Parana, Santa Maria, Espirito Santo), as well as at private universities (Universo, Unisinos). In 2019, she spent the fall semester at Daemen College (NY) as part of the Institute of International Education teaching exchange, and performed research at SUNY Buffalo.
She is editor-in-chief of the Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review (ASC), an editor of the Revista Brasileira de História de Religioes e Religiosidades, published by the University of Maringá, Brazil and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Latin American Religions published by Springer.
She is the author of the monograph Religia w Brazylii. Uwarunkowania społeczno-kulturowe (Religion in Brazil: Socio-Cultural Determinants).
dr Clifford Angell Bates, prof. ucz.
Professor Bates received his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, M.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois.
He is interested in classical political philosophy and how it offers a critique of modern political thought, especially contemporary democratic theory. He is the author of Aristotle’s Best Regime Kingship, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (LSU Press, 2003), as well as numerous articles and book reviews. Prof. Bates is currently working on a book on the crisis of modern sovereignty and how the crisis emerges from the Hobbesian foundation of modern theory of sovereignty.
From 1999 to 2004, he worked as a consultant for the Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. Occasionally he is on Polish TV and Radio to discuss or comment on aspects of American politics and how they impact or could impact Poland.
Courses taught: History of Political and Social Thought, Political and Social Philosophy, American Political Thought, US Constitutional History, American Political/Institutional Development, American Politics (especially US Congress), Federalism/US State-Local Politics, Comparative Politics and Institutions, American National Security Policy, Statesmanship, Political Leadership and Statecraft American Civic Culture, Literature and Politics, and History and Politics. [ watch a video ]
dr hab. Elżbieta Bekiesza-Korolczuk
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
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 advise on public policy (conflict resolution, human rights, transparency and elections) in Mexico.
His teaching experience includes PhD, MA and BA programmes in Mexico, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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.).
As a journalist, his articles have been published in Poland (Krytyka Polityczna) and Mexico (Este País, nexos.com, reforma.com and Eje Central).
B.A.: The State of Mexico-U.S. Relations, Comparative Politics of Latin America
M.A.: Courses: Power and Society in Latin America, Social Movements in the Americas, Ethnic Movements in the U.S.: Natives, Africans, Latinos, and Anglos.
dr Matthew Chambers
Editor-in-chief of The New Americanist
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 the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Transatlantica: Revue d’Etudes Américaines, The Modernist Review, and a forthcoming article in Modernism/modernity. In 2018, he founded the Writing Lab at the American Studies Center, which provides tutoring on writing for all ASC students.
dr hab. Katarzyna Dembicz
Katarzyna Dembicz, Ph.D. Since 1992, she works at the University of Warsaw; currently as associate professor. Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Ameryka Łacińska (www.amerykalacinska.com) and a board member of REDIAL – red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre America Latina. Geographer and a Latin Americanist. Specializes in regional integration and social and demographic changes in Latin America, especially in Cuba, Central America, and the Caribbean.
dr Małgorzata Durska
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
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.
+48 22 55 333 25
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, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 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, and now serves as SFRA’s Immediate Past President. He is also Science Fiction Division Head of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Courses taught (selected): History of American Cinema – BA lecture; Visual Arts in America – MA lecture; Advanced Topics in Visual Arts – Advanced MA Track lecture; Audiovisual Culture in the United States – BA lecture; BA & MA seminar in American Audiovisual Culture; Comics and Graphic Novels in America; American Science Fiction Cinema; American Film: An Introduction; American Cinema 1950-2000; American Digital Culture – BA and MA; Videogames: Culture, Texts, Issues – BA; American Science Fiction in 20th and 21st Century – MA; Anthropocene Now: Climate Change in American Literature and Media – research seminar.
dr Marcin Gajek
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. The author of Towards Republican Liberalism. Category of Liberal Virtues in Contemporary American Political Thought (2016; in Polish).
Courses taught at ASC: American History and Society, Political Culture in the US, Readings in American Political Tradition, American Intellectuals – American Ideas, American Political Parties, Current Debates in American Society, America Creed: Between Ideas and Politics, Freedom and Community: American Conservatism.
dr William Glass, prof. ucz.
+48 22 55 333 25
Professor Glass is a professor of American social history at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw. He teaches courses on African American History, film studies, the South, and the history of American religion He is the author of Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 and co-editor of a volume of essays on nationalism called Beyond Imagined Uniqueness. Currently, he is researching a book on the American evangelist Billy Graham and his tour of Poland in 1978.
Courses taught: American History, part I, Slavery and the Making of the Americas, An Introduction to the American South, African Americans in US History, History of Religion and Community in American Society, African Americans in Film during the Jim Crow Era, Reel History: Documentaries and American History, and Movies and American Society.
dr hab. Agnieszka Graff-Osser, prof. ucz.
Prof. Graff is a graduate of Amherst College (1993), Oxford University (M. St., 1995), and Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science (1999). She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from University of Warsaw (1999). An assistant professor at ASC since 2000, she offers courses, lectures and MA seminars in U.S. culture, literature and film, African American studies, gender studies and women’s history. She has published extensively on gender in Polish and American public life in both scholarly journals and the mainstream press. Her three books are Świat bez kobiet (World without Women, W.A.B. 2001); Rykoszetem (Stray Bullets, W.A.B. 2008) and Magma (The Quagmire Effect, Krytyka Polityczna, 2010). Her primary research interest is the interface between gender, race and national identity; her ongoing research project concerns the rhetorical strategies of second wave U.S. feminism. She is a co-editor of The Americanist, the scholarly journal published by the ASC, as well as a member of the Krytyka Polityczna team and the Council of Polish Women’s Congress. [publications]
Courses taught: History of American Literature – Part II, MA seminar in American Literature and Culture. The African American Intellectual Tradition, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, The American Short Story, Reading Race in American Literature, Gender and American Literature, The American Women’s Movement, Gender and Culture, Gender and Sexuality in Hollywood Films of the Classical Era. [ watch a video ]
dr Ludmiła Janion
International Mobility Coordinator
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 been a recipient of Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship; she is a member of Gender/Sexuality working group at the ASC. Her research interests include media, gender, and sexuality studies.
At the ASC, she has been teaching courses in academic writing, gender and sexuality studies, methodologies of cultural studies, as well as American literature, history, and society.
dr hab. David Jones, prof. ucz.
Professor Jones is a Professor of International law, International Management, International Relations at University of Warsaw since 2005. He holds the Ph.D. in Management (Dissertation on Healthcare Management) from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, and his postdoctoral Sc.D. (Habilitacja) degree in political science international relations (foreign economic policy) from the University of Warsaw. His research interests are: Artificial Reproduction/Medical Tourism, Sino-American/Sino-European International Trade, “Critical” Analysis of the U.S. Legal System, Critique of 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy. He received a University of Warsaw Rector’s Award in 2017 for his book entitled, Four Eagles and a Dragon: Successes and Failures of Quixotic Encirclement Strategies in Foreign Policy, An Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2015), and a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2018 from Norwich University, the Military Academy of the State of Vermont, where he has offered Intercultural Management in the International System and Global Corporate Diplomacy since 2007. Professor Jones has been a professor at Estonian Business School, Tallinn, at Concordia International University Estonia (finishing as Academic Dean responsible for the Schools of Business, Law, Media, Public Affairs by Ministry of Higher Education appointment), Head of Economics and of the LL.M. Programme as Professor Ordinarius at University Nord (Estonia). Professor Jones served as Faculty Advisor to the Oxford Banking Forum at University of Oxford, 2000-2005. He has exchanged as a visiting professor at Rīga Stradiņš University (Medical College of the Republic of Latvia), Riga Business School of Riga Technical University, University of Tartu (Estonia) Viljandi Culture Academy. He has guest lectured at Universidad Alcala de Hénares (Spain), University of Leiden (Netherlands), University of Oxford (England), Friedrich Wilhelm University of Munich (Germany), Frei University Berlin (Germany), University of Paris Sorbonne (France), Tsinghua University (Beijing China), South Central University of the Nationalities (Wuhan, China), Xiamen University (China) and National Chengchi University Department of Diplomacy, Ming Chuan University, Soochow University, Tamkang University (Republic of China, Taiwan), Hong Kong University. [ publications ] [ conferences & events ]
Courses taught: Lectures, United States Foreign Policy, United States and the World, European Economic Integration, European Union Law, International Trade; Elective Courses, American Legal System, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Amendment Process, Constitutional Law, Corporate Governance, Federalism, International Management, Redeemer Nation: U.S. Foreign Policy since 1914, The Pentagon: U.S. Military Industrial Complex since 1945, Master’s Thesis Seminar: American Business, Law, Foreign Policy (offered since 2006).
dr Agnieszka Kotwasińska
Agnieszka Kotwasińska holds M.A. degrees from the Institute of English Studies and American Studies Center, the University of Warsaw. In 2010, her M.A. thesis, Status of Nonfiction in the Canon: Does Anyone Remember Hunter S. Thompson?, won PAAS annual award for the Best American Studies Master’s Thesis written at a Polish University. 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, and schizoanalysis.
Courses taught (selected): American Horror Cinema, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary American Culture, Haunted Space in American Culture, Monsters and Machines: The Fantastic Body in American Popular Culture, Postwar American Family in Film and Television, American Literature I&II, Academic Writing I&II
dr Karolina Krasuska
Karolina Krasuska, Assistant Professor (adiunkt) at the American Studies Center, holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (2010), which she completed as a member of the graduate research training group (Graduiertenkolleg) “Gender as a category of knowledge”, Humboldt University, Berlin. In 2007 and 2008 she was Visiting Scholar at SUNY Buffalo and in 2017 she taught at Daemen College, Amherst NY. Recipient of multiple scholarships and grants (e.g. Heinrich Boell Foundation, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Taube Foundation, University of Warsaw). In 2017 she was awarded the University of Warsaw Teaching Award in humanities.
She is the author of a book-length study examining modernist literature from a transnational, gender-oriented perspective, published in Polish as Płeć i naród: Trans/lokacje. Maria Komornicka/Piotr Odmieniec Włast, Else Lasker-Schüler, Mina Loy (Warszawa 2012). She is also the Polish translator of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (Uwikłani w płeć, Warszawa 2008). Her most recent book publication is the collection Women and the Holocaust: New Perspectives and Challenges (Warszawa 2015), which she co-edited with Andrea Petö and Louise Hecht. Currently she is working on a project on gendered modes in 21st -century Jewish American literature.
At the ASC in 2010 Karolina Krasuska initiated American Studies Colloquium Series, which she had co-coordinated with Tomasz Basiuk till 2016. From 2016 she directs the Gender/Sexuality working group (pracownia), which has organized multiple workshops and in December 2017 the conference “New Gender/Queer Archives.”
Courses taught: Introduction to Gender/Sexuality Studies; Keywords for Cultural Studies; Approaches to American Cultural Studies; Masculinities in Literary Modernism; Approaching Jewishness in American Literature; American Jewishness at the Turn of the 21st Century: Literature, Culture, Film; Research and Writing Techniques; Key Methods in Cultural Studies.
dr Anna Kurowicka
Anna Kurowicka is a graduate of the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, and English Studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She received her PhD in cultural studies at the University of Warsaw for a dissertation entitled “Politics of Asexuality. A Critical Analysis of Discourses on Asexualities.” 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 Polish and international journals. Her current research is focused on cultural representations of asexuality, connections between asexuality and queer theory, and the theme of 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.
Courses taught: Transgressing Identities, New American Intimacies, Politics and Aesthetics of American Fantasy, American Literature, American History and Society, Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies, Contemporary American Feminist Thought and Activism, BA Seminar
dr hab. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska
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).
She is the author of the book: Zdrowe matki, chciane dzieci: ruch kontroli urodzeń w stanie Illinois, 1923-1941 [Well Mothers, Wanted Babies: The Birth Control Movement in the State of Illinois, 1923-1941], Warszawa: Neriton, 2009. Recently she has published a monograph Dziecko, rodzina i płeć w amerykańskich inicjatywach humanitarnych I filantropijnych w II Rzeczypospolitej [Children, Families, and Gender Roles in American Humanitarian and Philanthropic Initiatives in Interwar Poland], Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2018.
Prof. Kuźma has been a recipient of fellowships and research grants from the Foundation for Polish Science, the National Program for the Development of Humanities, the University of Notre Dame, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. She is a member of the research network “Medicine and Catholicism since the late 19th century” (KU Leuven, Belgium), where she is perusing research on (transnational) anti-abortion activism in state-socialist Poland. Her current research focuses also on private and intimate lives of Polish immigrant women in the United States in the first decades of the 20th century.
Courses taught: History of the United States II, American History and Society, History of Women in the United States, Histories of Reproduction in the United States, Introduction to Research, BA seminar
dr Zbigniew Kwiecień
+48 22 55 333 28
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
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
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
Stanislaw Obirek, a culture anthropologist, is a professor at Warsaw University. He teaches in the American Studies Center. He was a visiting professor in Holy Cross College in Worcester MA, and a fellow in St. Louis University. His books include The Vision of the Church and the State in Piotr Skarga’s sermons (1994); The Jesuits in the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, 1564-1668 (1996); What we Have in Common? Dialogue with Nonbelievers (2002); Religion a Shelter or a Prison? (2006), On the fringes of Catholicism (2008); Catholicism as a Cultural Phenomenon in the time of Globalization: A Polish Perspective (2009); Winged Mind. Walter Ong’s Anthropology of Word (2010); Liberated Mind. In Search of Mature Catholicism (2011), with Zygmunt Bauman, On God and Man. Conversations (2013).
He is interested in the place of religion in modern cultures, interreligious dialogue, and strategies for overcoming conflicts between different civilizations and cultures.
dr Natalia Pamuła
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 will come out in 2019 with Fundacja Teatr 21. She’s an ally of people with disabilities and she combines academic work with activism.
At the ASC she teaches classes on disability and madness in American culture, American literature, waste and environment, nonnormative intimacies and sexualities.
dr Ryszard Schnepf
Graduated in 1974 from History Department at Warsaw University. Next year initiated his post-graduate studies at the Institute of History of Polish Academy of Sciences where in 1979 presented his doctor’s degree dissertation on the formation Latin American political mass parties. Since 1978 dr. Schnepf taught history of Latin America at the Iberian Studies Department of Warsaw University, first as senior assistant and later assistant professor and deputy director. During those years developed his research on political and social movements, boundaries problems and military involvement in 19th and 20th c. Latin America. During 1982-1983 research associate and visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA he taught contemporary history of Poland and Eastern Europe. In 1991 Schnepf joined Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and during 1991-1996 served as ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay. From 1998 till 2000 deputy director of Foreign Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s Office of Jerzy Buzek. He returned to foreign service in 2000 serving as deputy chief of mission in Madrid. In 2001 dr. Schnepf was appointed Poland’s ambassador to Costa Rica and other Central American countries. 2005-2006 as secretary of state responsible for foreign and security policy in the government of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Schnepf headed Polish negotiating team for a new budgetary perspective of the European Union. 2007-2008 deputy minister of foreign affairs responsible for non-European countries, development policy and public diplomacy. In 2008 appointed to the post of ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain. Continuously he served as ambassador of Poland to the United States from 2012 till 2016. Author of numerous articles, interviews and reviews. Co-author (with K.Smolana) of “Bibliography of Polish Literature on Latin America”. Warszawa-Wrocław 1978. Dr. Schnepf lectured at many foreign universities and research institutes (Montevideo, San Jose, Costa Rica, Singapore, Bloomington, IN., San Diego, Berkeley, CA., Houston, TX., Gainesville, FL., Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla y Valencia).
dr hab. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
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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.
dr hab. Bohdan Szklarski, prof. ucz.
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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.
In the year 2019/2020 prof. Szklarski is on leave at the University of South Carolina.
dr Marta Usiekniewicz
Americanist with a Ph.D. in American literature 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.
Courses taught: American literature, gender in American culture, introduction to cultural studies, introduction to disability studies, norms in US culture and society, functions of food in US society and culture, as well as bodies in American culture.
prof. dr hab. Marek Wilczyński
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
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- mgr Antoni Górny
- mgr Weronika Grzebalska
- mgr Gabriela Jeleńska
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- dr Anna Malinowska
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- dr Emma Oki
- mgr Paulina Orbitowska-Fernandez
- dr hab. Kacper Pobłocki
- mgr Alicja Relidzyńska
- dr Tomasz Rudowski
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