BA & MA schedule - Fall 2017 (last modified on September 15, 2017)
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ASC Faculty

Dr. Grzegorz Kość
ASC Director
+48 22 55 333 20
Room 300

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 Robert Frost Review and Robert Frost in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In 2009 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago; more recently he has been a recipient of two major research grants from the Polish National Science Center. He is a former President of the Robert Frost Society and currently a member of the Society's Executive Board. Presently he is co-editing, with Steven Gould Axelrod of University of California, Riverside (UCR), a new edition of Robert Lowell's prose, Robert Lowell's Memoirs, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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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. Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska
ASC Councelor for Students’ Affairs
+48 22 55 333 28
Room 309

Dr. Kuźma specializes in 20th century social and cultural history of the US and Poland. Her areas of research include: history of social movements (especially birth control and eugenics movements), history of motherhood and reproduction, history of social medicine and public health in an international context, history of feminism. She is the author of: 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).

Courses taught: American History II, Proseminar: Research Writings and Techniques, Academic Writing I, Proseminar: Remedial Writing, Histories of Reproduction in the United States, History of Women in the United States, Gender in the History of American Thought

Dr. Tomasz Basiuk
Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE) IAiE Deputy Director for Students’ Affairs
+48 22 55 333 27
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 (, established in 2006. Dr. 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, Dr. 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 ( [ watch a video ]

Dr. Sławomir Józefowicz
International Mobility Coordinator
+48 22 55 333 29
Room 312

Sławomir Józefowicz is a graduate of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Warsaw, holds a Ph.D from the Institute of Political Studies (Polish Academy of Sciences, 1999).
In 1994-1996, the Coordinator of the Higher Education Support Program and a few scholarship programs at the Stefan Batory Foundation. Fellow of the USAID professional program (1995) and Fulbright Summer Institute (1997).
Scholar and grant holder at the University of London, Birkbeck College (1992), New School for Social Research and UC Berkeley (1993). Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo (2007-2009).
Special field: political theory and thought, American political culture. Co-author of books: "Republika. Rozważania o przemianach archetypu" (with S. Filipowicz and N. Gładziuk) The Republic. Deliberations on the Changing Archetype, Warszawa 1995 and "Demokracja: rządy rozumu czy polityczna poprawność" (with. S. Filipowicz and P. Perczyński), Democracy: Reign of Reason or Political Correctness, Warszawa 2001.

Currently, a part-time lecturer at the American Studies Center and a guest lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw. Since 2016 the International Mobility Coordinator at the ASC.

Prof. Clifford Angel Bates (leave)
+48 22 55 333 28
Room 309

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. Małgorzata Durska
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

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.

Dr. Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska (leave)
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

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. [ watch a video ]

Prof. William Glass
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

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, Modern America, the South, and the history of American religion and is co-editor of the Center's journal, The Americanist. 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 researching a book on Hollywood service comedies, titled Laughing in War/Laughing at War.

Courses taught: American History, part I, American Social History, History of the USA after 1945, An Introduction to the American South, African Americans in US History, History of Religion and Community in American Society, African Americans is Film during the Jim Crow Era, The Sixties. [ watch a video ]

Dr. Agnieszka Graff-Osser
OZN Coordinator
+48 22 55 333 27
Room 308

Dr. 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 ]

Prof. David Jones
+48 22 55 333 29
Room 312

Professor Jones holds the Ph.D., in Management from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, and his postdoctoral (Habilitacja) degree in political science international relations (foreign economic policy) from the University of Warsaw. His research interests are: Artificial Reproduction, The "New" China and International Trade, A "Critical" Analysis of the U.S. Legal System, Critique of 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy. [ publications ] [ conferences & events ]

Courses taught: United States Foreign Policy, American Legal System, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Corporate Governance, 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

Dr. Andrzej Kondratowicz
+48 22 55 333 27
Room 308

Professor Andrzej Kondratowicz holds habilitation, Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Warsaw University and an M.A. degree from the State University of New York. His collaboration with the American Studies Center started back in the early 1980s; currently he is a part time lecturer thereat. Apart from that he is a full-time professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member of the Forecasting Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Association of Polish Economists and a member of the Board of the Adam Smith Research Centre in Warsaw. He is also a Polish representative to the world Economic Freedom Network led by the Canadian Fraser Institute. In the past he served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the OLYMPUS University in Warsaw (1995-2007), was a visiting professor at the Sussex University in England (1991), and was a holder of several foreign stipends, including those by the NATO, IREX and Kosciuszko Foundation (US), Körber and Bosch Foundations (Germany) and the British Council. He is also an alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies and the first Scholar-in-Residence thereof. His recent research concentrates on the theory and measurement of economic freedom, selected aspects of institutional economics and public sector - including good governance, He has paid academic visits to over 50 countries, including places as diverse as Lexington, KY and Yangon in Myanmar. He is married and has two adult children. Enjoys downhill skiing, playing tennis and swimming. Collects vinyl records and CDs - jazz, rock, world and classical music.

Courses currently taught at the ASC: The US Economy, History of the US Economy, Advanced Topics in the US Economy (Economic Freedom in the US, North America & the World).
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Dr. Karolina Krasuska

Room 307

Karolina Krasuska is Assistant Professor at American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw and also a member of the research group "“Gender and Literature” at the Institute for Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (2010). 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 publication is the collection Women and the Holocaust: New Perspectives and Challenges (Warszawa 2015), which she co-edited with Andrea Petö and Louise Hecht.

At the ASC Karolina Krasuska has initiated and co-coordinates (with Tomasz Basiuk) American Studies Colloquium Series.

Courses taught: 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. [ watch a video ]

Dr. Zbigniew Kwiecień
Koordynator Ds. Praktyk Studenckich OSA
+48 22 55 333 28
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. [ publikacje ]

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. Krystyna Mazur
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

Krystyna Mazur received her MA from the English Department of the University of Warsaw and her PhD from Cornell University. Her 1994 dissertation Poetry and Repetition was published by Routlege in 2005. 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 and African American literature and film. Currently she is working on a book on Queer Feminist Filmmakers.

Selected courses taught: 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. Stanisław Obirek
+48 22 55 333 27
Room 308

Stanislaw Obirek, a culture anthropologist, is a professor at Warsaw University. He teaches in the American Studies Center. He was a visiting professor in Holly 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. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

Anna Sosnowska is a sociologist (PhD 2002, University of Warsaw). Her main research interests include migrations from Eastern Europe and other peripheral world regions to the United States; social and ethnic history of New York City; Polish economic history and historiography. She is the author of Ciągłość i dwoistość. Migracje z Europy Wschodniej do przemysłowej i poprzemysłowej Ameryki [in:] Kultura i gospodarka (2010); Poles, Jews and Puerto Ricans. Polish Greenpoint Community Leaders abort New York City Ethnic Groups [in:] Beyond Imagined Uniqueness. Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives (2010); Zrozumieć zacofanie. Spory historyków o Europę Wschodnią (1947-1994) (2004). [ publications ]

Courses taught: Eastern European Immigrants in the US, Immigration - History, Politics, Society, New York. The City and Its People, US Society, Globalization. Between Economy and Culture, American Political Culture. [ watch a video ]

Prof. Bohdan Szklarski
+48 22 55 333 27
Room 308

Prof. Szklarski is a graduate of the English Institute, Warsaw University and the Department of Political Science, Northeastern University, Boston. In his almost 25 years of teaching he has taught at numerous American and Polish universities. He has been teaching at the American Studies Center since 1992. He is also a fellow at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Prof. Szklarski’s research interests include: political leadership, the presidency, political communication, interest groups, and political participation. At the ASC he offers courses in domestic and foreign policy and political culture. He frequently appears in the media as a commentator on American and Polish political events.

Prof. Marek Wilczyński

+48 22 55 333 27
Room 308

Dr. Małgorzata Ziółek-Sowińska
Room 307

Małgorzata Ziółek-Sowińska graduated from the Institute of Art, Music Department at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin; the American Studies Center at Warsaw University and from the Institute of English Studies at Warsaw University. In 2011 she earned her doctoral degree from the Modern Languages Department, Warsaw University. Since 2013 she teaches at the American Studies Center, Warsaw University.
Her scholarly interests include religion and spirituality in African American music, African American literature inspired by blues and jazz, history of African American music, women in jazz, blues, soul, hip hop and other music genres. Currently, she is working on a book on eschatology in slave spirituals. She is a member of CAAR - Collegium for African American Research.
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Courses taught: African American Music after WWII, Women in African American Music, Religion and Spirituality in African American Music, American Media Cultures, Introduction to American Studies, BA seminar, Academic writing.

ASC Affiliated Faculty

Prof. Paweł Frelik (D.Litt./Dr hab.)
+ 48 22 55 333 21
Room 306

Paweł Frelik’s teaching and research interests include science fiction, audiovisual media (film, television, video games, music video), and unpopular culture. Among others, he has edited Playing the Universe: Games and Gaming in Science Fiction (2007) and serves on the boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds. Paweł Frelik is also Immediate Past President of the Science Fiction Research Association and Vice-President of the European Association for American Studies.

Courses taught: Proseminar: Research Writings and Techniques; Popular Genres in the United States; American Digital Culture; History of American Cinema - BA lecture; Audiovisual Culture in the United States - BA, MA, and Advanced MA Track lecture; 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. [ publications ]

  • prof. Włodzimierz Batóg
  • dr A. Biliński
  • dr Justyna Fruzińska
  • dr Marcin Gajek
  • mgr Antoni Górny
  • mgr Ludmiła Janion
  • mgr Gabriela Jeleńska-Krajewska
  • dr Krzysztof Kasianiuk
  • mgr Agnieszka Kotwasińska
  • mgr A. Kurowicka
  • prof. Franciszek Lyra
  • prof. James Morrison
  • mgr Emma Oki
  • prof. P. Ostaszewski
  • mgr K. Słotwińska-Pełka
  • prof. R. Szul
  • mgr Marta Usiekniewicz
  • dr P. Uściński
  • dr Anna Warso
  • dr J. Wierzchowska

Administrative Staff

Aleksandra Gniadzik-Smolińska
Administrative Officer
+48 22 55 333 26
Room 302

Agnieszka Pamela Krzywosz
Administrative Officer
+48 22 55 333 40
Room 304

Anna Pawłowska
Finance Specialist
+48 22 55 333 24
Room 303

Katarzyna Andrzejewska
USOS Coordinator
+48 22 55 333 41
Room 301

Agnieszka Żmijewska-Czajka
Administrative Officer
+48 22 55 333 23
Room 302

Library Staff

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Andrzej Barczewski
+48 22 55 333 32
Room 316

Liliana Kontny
Librarian, the Head of the Library
+48 22 55 333 31
Room 315

Olena Ostrowska
+48 22 5533330
Room 315

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