Research projects

With a diverse range of disciplines and areas of expertise, our faculty are dedicated to conducting impactful research in American Studies and related fields. We actively engage in expanding our national and international research networks and forging partnerships with renowned institutions.

Our faculty’s work is frequently published in esteemed peer-reviewed journals, presented at international conferences, and recognized through prestigious awards and grants. Our research is regularly funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, National Science Center Poland, Humanities in the European Research Area network (HERA), and many other smaller research centers and archival libraries.

Current research projects

Affective Poetics: Manifestos and Women’s Rhetorical Strategies 1970-2020

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Karolina Krasuska
National Science Center, PRELUDIUM BIS

The grant aims to fully fund a PhD project conducted by Aleksandra Julia Malinowska under Prof. Krasuska’ supervision.

Polish Digital Games Heritage 1958-2025: An Index and Bibliography

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Paweł Frelik, prof. ucz.
NPRH (National Programme for the Development of the Humanities)

The project will result in the creation of a public-facing online catalog of all Polish-made video games documenting their bibliographical data and critical writing about them. The 8-person team led by Prof. Paweł Frelik comprises scholars from Jagiellonian University, SWPS University, University of Tampere, and University of Wrocław as well as several early-career researchers.

Queer Theory in Transit. Reception, Translation, and Production in Polish and German Contexts

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Tomasz Basiuk, prof. ucz.
National Science Center

The project will be carried out in cooperation with a Humboldt University Berlin team led by Prof. Eveline Kilian and researchers from Austria and Canada. The project uses Edward Said’s concept of “travelling theory” to investigate the production, reception, and translation of queer theory in Poland and Germany, particularly in terms of the challenges of adapting US-based concepts to the local European contexts. The ASC team includes Prof. Karolina Krasuska, Dr. Ludmiła Janion, Dr. Anna Kurowicka, and Dr. Krystyna Mazur, Aleksandra Malinowska, Dr. Przemysław Górecki, Barbara Dynda.

Asexuality in American Popular Culture

Principal Investigator: dr Anna Kurowicka
National Science Center, SONATA

The aim of this project is to analyze the depiction of asexuality in American popular culture, specifically in TV shows, Young Adults novels, and science fiction texts. The study will explore complex articulations of asexuality and use the asexual perspective to reveal normative ideas shaping sexuality in Western cultures, with results published in a monograph and two journal articles.

Disability in Polish Culture After 1989

Principal Investigator: dr Natalia Pamuła
National Science Center, SONATA

The project investigates cultural discourses on disability  in post-1989 Poland and examines Polish capitalism — more precisely its representations and discourses on capitalism — through the lenses of disability. It focuses on cultural sites of disability representation and reproduction such as novels, journalistic accounts, and disability life writing. It is interested in Polish postsocialist culture for what is at stake is the question if the democratic and capitalist transformation fulfilled its promise of freedom and equality for all subjects in Poland, including the disabled ones.

Digital Weather: Speculative Video Games and Climate

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Paweł Frelik, prof. ucz.
National Science Center, OPUS

The project will offer a comprehensive discussion of how speculative video games, both big- budget and independent, represent and confront one of the timeliest challenges of our time: climate change. If science fiction and allied genres are really tools to productively think about global problems, then visions – both overtly fictional and speculative – of the transformation of climate are invested with particular urgency. The project will thus seek to demonstrate that speculative video games can serve as both tools of critical interrogation of this issue but also as demobilizing vectors that convey a sense of complacency about it.

Robert Lowell’s Financial Problems and the Crisis of Modernism

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Grzegorz Kość, prof. ucz.
National Science Center, OPUS

The project is aimed at developing an economic psychobiography of American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977). Such biography helps trace the economic forces facilitating the evolution of American poetic style from modernist to postmodernist.

Polish Immigrant and Second-Generation Women in the United States: Private and Intimate Lives (1890-1940)

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, prof. ucz.
National Science Center, OPUS

The project aims to analyze the lives of Polonia women settling in and inhabiting the United States in the late 19th century and first decades of the 20th century. To this end, dr hab. Kuźma-Markowska will conduct archival research in Chicago, Minneapolis, New Britain and Hartford, CT, as well as Madison and Milwaukee.

Past research projects


Contemporary Religious Culture of the Descendants of the Polish 19th Century Immigrants in the South of Brazil

Principal Investigator: dr Renata-Siuda-Ambroziak
National Science Center, MINIATURA

The project aims to analyze the continuities and transformations in the popular religiosity patterns, including the religious healing practice, of the old, peasant Polonia representatives settled in the south of Brazil in the late 19th century and first decades of the 20th century.

Migrant Memory: Post-Soviet Jewish American Literature

Principal Investigator: dr. Karolina Krasuska
National Science Center, SONATA

Crip Appetites: Crip Theory and Food Studies in American Graphic Novels

Principal Investigator: dr Marta Usiekniewicz
State Fund for Rehabilitation of Disabled People (PFRON, Państwowy Fundusz Rehabilitacji Osób Niepełnosprawnych)
2019 – 2020

The research project combines crip theory and food studies to examine the postapocaliptic world depicted in the comic Chew, focusing specifically on notions of consumption, cannibalism, capitalism, and climate change.

Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Tomasz Basiuk, prof. ucz.
HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) “Uses of the Past” call, European Union

The research question at the heart of this project is: How might we best reconstruct and understand LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) social and sexual cultures from the decade between the advent of an international gay rights movement and the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS, and what can this knowledge contribute to understandings of queer politics and identity in Europe’s present and future?

Experimental Cinema and Social Change: The Films of Barbara Hammer

Principal Investigator: dr Krystyna Mazur
National Science Center

Robert Lowell’s Lost Prose

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Grzegorz Kość, prof. ucz.
National Science Center

American Philanthropic Activities in Interwar Poland and Their Impact on the Evolution of Polish and Jewish Public Health Systems: Culture, History, Identity

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, prof. ucz.
Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Program for the Development of Humanities

Explaining Economic Backwardness: Post-1945 Polish Historians on Eastern Europe 

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Program for the Development of Humanities

New Communication and Innovative Teaching Strategy for Building and Bridging American Studies Communities in the 21st Century

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Bohdan Szklarski
US Department of State, Embassy Warsaw, Poland, PAS

The Dynamics of the Perceptions of the USA in Poland since 1956

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Bohdan Szklarski
US Department of State, Embassy Warsaw, Poland, PAS

Polish Greenpoint and New York City: Territorial Prestige and the Immigrant Labor Market 1980-2005

Principal Investigator: dr hab. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
Foundation for Polish Science