dr Anna Kurowicka

email: a.kurowicka@uw.edu.pl

profile: ORCID

Room 3.055

Office hours in Spring semester 2022/23:
Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 (by appointment)

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. She is currently working on a project on representations of asexuality in American popular culture funded by the National Science Center (SONATA, 2021-24).

Role at the ASC

Head of Admissions Committe
Member of the Gender/Sexuality Research Group
Member of the Speculative Texts and Media Research Group


National Science Center research grant, Asexuality in American Popular Culture (SONATA, 2021-24)

co-chair of the Asexuality Studies Interest Group in the National Women’s Studies Association, 2018-2020

research grant funded by the State Fund for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, The image of autism in science fiction, 2019-2020

Kościuszko Foundation Grant, 2015


“Allucquére Rosanne Stone.” Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture. ed. Anna McFarlane, Graham J. Murphy, and Lars Schmeink. Routledge, 2022.

“Cyberpunk ucieleśniony: Feministyczne reinterpretacje gatunku.” [“Embodied Cyberpunk: Feminist Reinterpretations of the Genre”]. Teksty Drugie 6/2021, 91-108.

“Asexuality.” The Handbook of Social Work and Sexualities. Ed. SJ Dodd. Routledge, 2021. 37-55.

“‘The only story I will ever be able to tell:’ Nonsexual Erotics of Friendship in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Tana French’s The Likeness.” Feminist Formations 32, no. 3 (Winter 2020): 24-50.

“Przyszłość bez płci i pożądania” [Future without Sex and Desire]. Teksty Drugie 5 (2019): 80-97.

with Ela Przybylo. “Polish Asexualities: Catholic Religiosity and
Asexual Online Activisms in Poland.” In LGBTQ+ Activism in Central Eastern Europe, edited by Radzhana Buyantueva and Maryna Shevtsova, 289-311. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

with Marta Usiekniewicz. “Fat Girl’s Wet Dream: Girl Sexuality, Fatness, and Mental Disability in My Mad Fat Diary.Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2019.

Courses (selected)

(A)sexualities in American Culture and Society: Redefining Sex, Sexuality, and Intimacy

Transgressing Identities

New American Intimacies

Politics and Aesthetics of American Fantasy

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

Contemporary American Feminist Thought and Activism

BA Seminar: Sexualities in American Culture and Society

Curriculum vitae (PDF)