dr Joanna Mąkowska

email: j.makowska@uw.edu.pl

Profile: ORCID

Room 3.053

Office hours in Spring semester 2023/24:
Wednesdays, 15:30-16:30

Joanna Mąkowska holds a PhD in American Literature and is an Assistant Professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. Her research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century literature in the United States and Canada, poetry and poetics, documentary and protest writing, American ecocriticism, posthumanist and feminist theories. She has published in Arizona Quarterly, Modernism/modernity, Women’s Studies, and James Baldwin Review, among other venues. Her work also appeared in many edited collections, most recently in The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo (2017-2018) and Kosciuszko Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Duquesne University (2021-2022). She is also a literary critic and translator, publishing in Literatura na Świecie and Dwutygodnik.

Roles in the ASC

Academic Writing Coordinator (BA and MA)

ASC Writing Lab Coordinator


Clifford and Mary Corbridge Trust Fellowship, University of Cambridge, Robinson College, July-August 2023, July-August 2022

The Kosciuszko Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duquesne University, 2021-2022

Fulbright Junior Research Award, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2017-2018

European Association for American Studies Postgraduate Travel Grant, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2015


“Adrienne Rich.” In The Encyclopedia of Social Justice in Education. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2024.

“The Architecture of Love in the Poetic Thinking of James Baldwin and Jericho Brown,” James Baldwin Review 9 no. 1 (2023): 70-88.

“Mina Loy’s Nomadic Politics of Pain,” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus 7 cycle 3 “Body Politic in Pain” cluster (2023).

“Embodiment as an ‘Ongoing Formal Experience’”: New Materialist Encounters with Ecopoetics.” In The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics, edited by Julia Fiedorczuk, Mary Newell, Christine Okoth, Bernard Quetchenbach, 67-79. New York: Routledge, 2023.

“‘Begin with the Material’: Adrienne Rich’s Nomadic Poetics.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 78, no. 2 (2022): 43-67.

“Poetic thinking in the Anthropocene,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 50, no. 8 (2021): 791-797.

“Korpor(e)alna materialność i nomadyczna podmiotowość według Rosi Braidotti.” Po humanizmie. Od technokrytyki do animal studies, edited by Zuzanna Ładyga and Justyna Włodarczyk. 138-155. Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Katedra, 2016 (in Polish).

Courses (selected)

North American Fiction Today

American Protest Literature

North American Literature and Ecology

Documentary Forms in American Poetry and Film

American Literary Reportage

American Digital Literary Archives

Thinking with Literature: Theory and Practice

Hobbies/non-academic interests

yoga vinyasa, hiking and swimming, US travels

Curriculum vitae (PDF)