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ASC Faculty

Dr. Grzegorz Ko¶æ
ASC Director
+48 22 55 333 40
Room 308

An associate professor, Ko¶æ is the author of two critical books, Robert Lowell: Uncomfortable Epigone of the Grands Maîtres (2005) and Robert Frost's Political Body (2014). He has also co-edited two collections of essays--Tools of Their Tools (2009) and The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade (2013). Recently he has contributed essays to journals such as Wallace Stevens Journal and Papers on Language and Literature. In 2009 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago; more recently, he has been a recipient of three major research grants from the National Science Center Poland. Currently, is the President of the Robert Frost Society (2019). At present, 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 He is also writing a monograph "Robert Lowell's financial problems and the crisis of modernism".
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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. Ma³gorzata Gajda-£aszewska
ASC Councelor for Students’ Affairs
+48 22 55 333 19
Room 303

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 ]

Dr. Tomasz Basiuk
Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE) IAiE Deputy Director for Students’ Affairs
+48 22 55 333 40
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 Gdañsk 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. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak
Vice Director for Students' Affairs, The Institute of the Americas and Europe
Room 101

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: history, culture and society in Brazil; religions, religiosity and transformations of the religious markets; relations between religion, economy and politics; religious leadership; popular religiosity and alternative healing; Polish immigrants in Brazil. She leads a Brazilian research group (CNPq) on: Religions, faiths and spirituality in the context of health and healing processes and a Polish-Brazilian research group on: Poles and Polish Descendants in Brazil, affiliated at the University of Sao Paulo.

She is the editor-in-chief of the Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review published by the ASC UW, 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.

Author of the monograph: Religia w Brazylii. Uwarunkowania spo³eczno-kulturowe (Religion in Brazil. Socio-Cultural Determinants).

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Dr. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak es doctora en Filosofia Social, maestra en Estudios Ibéricos, licenciada en metodologia de ELT, tiene especialización en estudios latinoamericanos por el CESLA. Terminó sus estudios de posgrado en Derecho de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual y en Gestión de llas IES.

Se especializa en Estudios Brasilenos y Estudios Religiosos de las Américas. Sus áreas de investigación incluyen: historia, literatura y cultura latinoamericanas; la política y los cambios sociales en la región; transformaciones del mercado religioso y nuevos movimientos religiosos; tercer sector y movimientos sociales; relaciones entre religión y política; liderazgo religioso, inmigrantes polacos en América Latina. Autora de la monografía: Religia w Brazylii. Uwarunkowania spo³eczno-kulturowe (Religión en Brasil. Determinantes socioculturales).

Cursos impartidos en CAS: Principales Métodos en Estudios Culturales; Cultura Empresarial en América Latina; POWI - Derecho de la Protección Intelectual; Seminario MA; Seminario BA; Religiones e Iglesias en América Latina; Introducción a los Estudios Brasilenos, Literatura Brasilena

Dr. Paulina Bojarska
International Mobility Coordinator / Coordinadora de la Movilidad Académica
Room 102

Paulina Bojarska received her M.A. in Spanish Philology from the Chair of Iberian Studies of the University of Warsaw. She is a Spanish teacher and translator. She started to work at the University of Warsaw in 2007.
Academic Mobility Coordinator for students from the Latin American studies program and academic staff from CESLA research group. In 2012-2016, Mobility Coordinator at the Center of Latin American Studies (Erasmus Program and International Master in Latin American Studies). In 2008-2012 she coordinated translations in the bilingual scientific project carried out by CESLA "América Latina del siglo XXI w. Nuevas semblanzas, nuevas estructuras, nuevas identidades: perfiles locales, interamericanos, transatlánticos y globales".
Currently she is preparing her doctoral dissertation in the Institute of Iberian and Iberoamerican Studies of the University of Warsaw, on the subject of Cantes de ida y vuelta (Songs of round trip), flamenco styles inspired by Latin American folklore.

Courses taught: Spanish (A1-B2), Tradiciones musicales en América Latina y el Caribe.

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Terminó sus estudios de mastría en la Cátedra de Estudios Ibéricos, Facultad de la Neofilología de la Universidad de Varsovia. Profesora de lengua espanola y traductora. Trabaja en la Universida de Varsovia desde el ano 2007.
Es Coordinadora de la Movilidad Académica para los estudiantes del programa de estudios latinoamericanos del ASC y los académicos del grupo de investigaciones CESLA. En los anos 2012-2016 fue Coordinadora de la Movilidad Académica en el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, en el marco del Programa Erasmus y del International Master in Latin American Studies. En los anos 2008-2012 coordinó las traducciones en el proyecto científico bilingue realizado por el CESLA "América Latina del siglo XXI w. Nuevas semblanzas, nuevas estructuras, nuevas identidades: perfiles locales, interamericanos, transatlánticos y globales".
Actualmente prepara su tesis doctoral en el Instituto de Estudios Ibéricos e Iberoamericanos de la Universidad de Varsovia, sobre los cantes de ida y vuelta, estilos del flamenco inspirados en el folclore latinoamericano.

Asignaturas dictadas en el Centro Americano: Espanol práctico (niveles A1-B2), Tradiciones musicales en América Latina y el Caribe

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Dr. Marta Usiekniewicz
Acting OZN Coordinator
Room 108A

Americanist with a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Warsaw, Associate 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 Pamu³a 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. Clifford Angel Bates
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. Héctor Calleros
Room 112

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,, and Eje Central).

Courses taught:
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.

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Dr. Matthew Chambers
Room 118

Matthew Chambers is an assistant 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 monograph - Modernism, Periodicals, and Cultural Poetics - was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. An edited collection - Hearts and Minds: US Cultural Management in 21st Century Foreign Relations - was published by Peter Lang in 2016. His current research focuses on the rise of cultural and literary NGO's in the early years of the Cold War and their global roles in free speech, education, and securitization issues.

Dr. Katarzyna Dembicz
Room 118

Katarzyna Dembicz, Ph.D. Since 1992, she works at the University of Warsaw, currently as associate professor. Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal "Ameryka £aciñska" ( and board member of REDIAL - red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre America Latina. Geographer and Latin Americanists. Specialize in regional integration and social and demographic changes in Latin America, especially in Cuba and the Central America and the Caribbean.


Dr. Ma³gorzata Durska
Room 112

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. Alicja Fija³kowska
Student Internship Coordinator
Room 113

Dr. Alicja Fija³kowska 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. Fija³kowska 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. Fija³kowska 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, 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 Fija³kowska - 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 Wa³êsa; 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 Ko¶ciuszko en la Universidad de California en Los Angeles; trabajó también para la FIFA, la UEFA, 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.

Prof. Pawe³ Frelik
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

Pawe³ 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.

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 (leave)
Room 112

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 ¦wiat 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
Room 307

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. El¿bieta Korolczuk
Room 108A

El¿bieta 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: Po¿egnanie z Matk± Polk± (2012) and Niebezpieczne zwi±zki. Macierzyñstwo, 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. Sylwia Ku¼ma-Markowska
Room 306

Dr. Ku¼ma 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 urodzeñ 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. Agnieszka Kotwasiñska (leave)
Room 108A

Agnieszka Kotwasiñska 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.

Selected courses: 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

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Dr. Karolina Krasuska (leave)
Room 307

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 P³eæ i naród: Trans/lokacje. Maria Komornicka/Piotr Odmieniec W³ast, Else Lasker-Schüler, Mina Loy (Warszawa 2012). She is also the Polish translator of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble (Uwik³ani w p³eæ, 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. Zbigniew Kwiecieñ
+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 Pu³tusk. 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. Bogumi³a Lisocka-Jaegermann
Room 112

Bogumi³a 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.

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Bogumi³a 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
Room 102

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.

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. Stanis³aw Obirek
Room 101

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. Ryszard Schnepf

Room 113

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 XIX and XX 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-Wroc³aw 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. Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska
+48 22 55 333 25
Room 306

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: Zrozumieæ zacofanie. Spory historyków o Europê Wschodni± (1947-1994), TRIO 2004 and Polski Greenpoint a Nowy Jork. Gentryfikacja, stosunki etniczne i imigrancki rynek pracy na prze³omie XX i XXI wieku, Wydawnictwo Naukowe SCHOLAR 2016. She recently published Polish Female Immigrant Niche in Studia Migracyjne-Przegl±d 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.

Prof. Bohdan Szklarski
+48 22 55 333 28
Room 309

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.

Magdalena Szkwarek, M.A.
Room 108A

Magdalena Szkwarek received her MA in Latin American studies from Centre of Latin American Studies of the University of Warsaw. She has completed postgraduate studies in History and Culture of Jews in Poland (at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw). Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis concerning Jewish motifs in Jorge Luis Borges's work. Her areas of research interest include: Latin American literature, Jewish diaspora in Latin America, the Jewish identity in the literature of the region, metissage/miscegenation and cross-cultural dialogue, LGBTQ Movement in Latin American countries. She was a scholarship holder of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and participated in a program "Summer School - The model of development of the Ecuadorian Good Living and the perspective of Latin American integration" in Quito. Laureate of the Warsaw Cultural Education Award forthe project "Latin America for children". Courses taught (selected): Literature of Latin America; Jewish Diaspora in Latin America; El Ecuador; Actualidad latinoamericana; LGBT Movement in Latin American countries.

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Magdalena Szkwarek filóloga, latinoamericanista. Trayectoria profesional: maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos (Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Varsovia), Estudios de Postgrado Historia y cultura de los judíos en Polonia (Facultad de Historia de la Universidad de Varsovia). Actualmente está preparando una disertación sobre motivos judíos en la obra de Jorge Luis Borges. Becaria de Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Ecuador: participante de la Escuela de Verano sobre el modelo de desarrollo del Buen Vivir ecuatoriano y la integración latinoamericana. Ganadora del Premio Cultural Educativo de Varsovia por el proyecto educativo "América Latina para los ninos". Intereses de investigación: literatura latinoamericana, presencia judía en América Latina, identidad judía en la literatura de la región, mestizaje y diálogo de culturas, movimiento LGBT en los países latinoamericanos.
Asignaturas dictadas (entre otras): Literatura hispanoamericana; Diáspora judía en América Latina; El Ecuador; Actualidad latinoamericana; Movimiento LGBTQ en paises latinoamericanos.

Prof. Marek Wilczyñski
Room 113

ASC Affiliated Faculty

  • Filip Boratyn M.A.
  • Dr. Jêdrzej Burszta
  • Dr. hab. Julia Fiedorczuk
  • Dr. Marcin Gajek
  • Antoni Górny M.A.
  • Dr. Janusz Jab³onowski
  • DR. Ludmi³a Janion
  • Dr. Ewelina Jarosz
  • Gabriela Jeleñska M.A.
  • Dr. hab. Andrzej Kondratowicz, prof. SWPS
  • Dr. Blanka Kotliñska
  • Dr. hab. Magdalena Krysiñska-Ka³u¿na
  • Dr. Joanna Kulpiñska
  • Dr. Anna Kurowicka
  • Dr. Karolina Lebek
  • Dr. hab. Zuzanna £adyga
  • Dr. Robert £uczak
  • Joanna M±kowska M.A.
  • Dr. James Morrison
  • Dr. hab. Agata Nalborczyk
  • Dr. Emma Oki
  • Paulina Orbitowska-Fernandez M.A.
  • Dr. Natalia Pamu³a
  • Dr. Ernesto Pinto-Bazurco Barandiarán
  • Waldemar Ra¼niak M.A.
  • Alicja Relidzyñska M.A.
  • Dr. Tomasz Rudowski
  • Dr. Aleksandra W±sowska
  • Dr. Grzegorz Welizarowicz
  • Urszula Wilk M.A.
  • prof. Andrew Kier Wise

Administrative Staff

Beata Bereza
Editorial Secretary of Revista del CESLA
Room 118

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USOS Coordinator
+48 22 55 333 41
Room 301

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PR and Social Media Coordinator
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Finance Specialist
+48 22 55 333 24
Room 300

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+48 22 55 333 26
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IT Specialist
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Administrative Officer
+48 22 55 333 40
Room 304

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Finance Specialist
+48 22 55 333 24
Room 300

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Administrative Officer
+48 22 55 333 23
Room 302

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+48 22 55 333 32
Room 316

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+48 22 55 333 31
Room 315

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+48 22 5533330
Room 315

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+48 22 5533330
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