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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 (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. 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. Karolina Krasuska
Vice Director for Research, The Institute of the Americas and Europe
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 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 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. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak (leave)
Vice Director for Students' Affairs, The Institute of the Americas and Europe
Room 101

Dr. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak has a PhD diploma in Social Philosophy, MA in Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, BA in Methodology of ELT, specialization diploma in Latin American Studies. She finished post-graduate studies in Law of Intellectual Property Protection and in HEI Management.

She specializes in Brazilian Studies and Religious Studies of the Americas. Her areas of research include: Latin American history, literature and culture; politics and social changes in the region; transformations of the religious market and new religious movements; third sector and social movements; relations between religion and politics; religious leadership, Polish immigrants in Latin America. Author of the monograph: Religia w Brazylii. Uwarunkowania spo³eczno-kulturowe (Religion in Brazil. Socio-Cultural Determinants).

Courses taught at CAS: Key Methods in Cultural Studies; Business Culture in Latin America; POWI - Intellectual Protection Law; MA seminar; BA seminar; Religions and Churches in Latin America; An Introduction to Brazilian Studies, Brazilian Literature

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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. Sylwia Ku¼ma-Markowska
p.o. Vice Director for Students' Affairs, The Institute of the Americas and Europe
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

Paulina Bojarska, M.A. / Mtra. 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. S³awomir Józefowicz
International Mobility Coordinator
Room 118

S³awomir 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. Rozwa¿ania o przemianach archetypu" (with S. Filipowicz and N. G³adziuk) The Republic. Deliberations on the Changing Archetype, Warszawa 1995 and "Demokracja: rz±dy rozumu czy polityczna poprawno¶æ" (with. S. Filipowicz and P. Perczyñski), 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)
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. 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. 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. Joanna Goc³owska-Bolek / Dra Joanna Goc³owska-Bolek
Room 112

Economist, Latin Americanist. Specializes in economic and social development of Latin America, economic integration of Latin America, and the European Union's economic and political relations with the Latin American region.
Promoter of academic cooperation between Polish and Latin American universities.
Plenipotentiary of the President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) for Latin America.
Member of the Team for Internationalization of Higher Education in Ministry of Science and Higher Education. [ Publicaciones ]

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Economista y latinoamericanista especializada en temas de desarrollo económico y social de los países latinoamericanos, integración económica en América Latina, relaciones económicas y políticas entre América Latina y la Unión Europea
Promotora de la cooperación académica entre universidades polacas y latinoamericanas.
Representante Oficial del Presidente de la Conferencia de los Rectores de las Escuelas Académicas de Polonia (CRASP) para América Latina
Miembro del Equipo de Internacionalización de la Educación Superior del Ministerio de Ciencia y Educación Superior. [ Publicaciones ]

Dr. Agnieszka Graff-Osser
OZN Coordinator
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. Magdalena Krysiñska-Ka³u¿na
pokój 102

Magdalena Krysiñska-Ka³u¿na is an Assistant Professor at the American Studies Center. She received her doctoral degree in ethnology, based on the dissertation "The contact process and the survival of indigenous cultures in the Amazon", in 2009 from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznañ. She has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. In the past, she was employed at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Lodz and at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Warsaw. Currently she is conducting research on the cultures and indigenous peoples of Latin America, while also studying the relations between indigenous customary law and positive law, cultural domination, cultural conflicts and human rights.

Selected courses: cultural anthropology of the Americas, indigenous peoples in Latin America, contexts of human rights violations, the social problems of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, sociology of social problems in Latin America, introduction to sociology.

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Magdalena Krysiñska-Ka³u¿na es profesora asistente en el Centro de Estudios Americanos. En 2009 recibió el titulo de doctora en etnología de la Universidad Adam Mickiewicz de Poznañ, a base de la disertación "El proceso de contacto y supervivencia de las culturas indígenas en la Amazonia". Realizó trabajo de campo en México, Venezuela, Colombia y Ecuador. Anteriormente trabajó en la Facultad de Estudios Internacionales y Políticos de la Universidad de Lodz y en el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Varsovia. En sus investigaciones sobre las culturas y pueblos indígenas de América Latina, sus intereses cientíificos están enfocados en la relación entre el derecho consuetudinario indígena y el derecho positivo, la dominación cultural, el conflicto cultural y derechos humanos.

Cursos seleccionados: antropología cultural de las Américas, pueblos indígenas en América Latina, contextos de violaciones de derechos humanos, problemas sociales de los pueblos indígenas de América Latina, sociología de los problemas sociales en América Latina, introducción a la sociología.

Dr. Andrzej Kondratowicz
Room 112

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, of the Board of the Association of Polish Economists, as well as 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. He is also currently engaged in the work of the Kosciuszko and Dekaban-Liddle Foundations. 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. Enjoys good wines.

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

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Dr. Agnieszka Kotwasiñska
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. Zbigniew Kwiecieñ
+48 22 55 333 28
Room 309

An associate professor, Ko¶æ 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). In 2009 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago; 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), the first volume of a new edition of Robert Lowell's prose, Robert Lowell's Memoirs, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. [ publications ]

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. 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 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. hab. Ryszard Paradowski, prof. UW
Room 113

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Dr. Rados³aw Powêska
Room 108A

Dr. Rados³aw Powêska holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool. He is an Assistant Professor at the American Studies Center where he works in the fields of political sociology and political anthropology of Latin America. He is interested in state-society relations, power relations in multi-ethnic societies, political cultures. Working on Latin American ethnopolitics, he focuses on indigenous movements, indigenous rights and state reforms. His current research project examines the indigenous autonomies and self-determination in Americas. Recently, he has focused on the links between ethnopolitics and development, exploring the question of indigenous rights and self-determination in development, natural resource control and environmental policy, social-environmental conflicts. He has conducted several fieldwork projects in Latin America, especially in Bolivia. He publishes in English, Spanish and Polish ( He is also a member of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and is frequently invited by the media as an expert in Latin America.

Selected courses: American Societies, Bolivia: entre la tradición y la modernidad, Etnopolítica y movimientos indígenas en América Latina, B.A. seminar, MA seminar.

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Dr Rados³aw Powêska obtuvo doctorado en estudios latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Liverpool. Es profesor asistente en el Centro de Estudios Americanos, donde trabaja en el campo de la sociología política y la antropología política de América Latina. Está interesado en las relaciones estado-sociedad, relaciones de poder en sociedades multiétnicas, culturas políticas. Investigando la etnopolítica latinoamericna, se concentra en los movimientos indígenas, derechos indígenas y reformas estatales. Su actual proyecto de investigación trata de las autonomías y la libre determinación indígena en Américas. Recientemente ha empezado a estudiar las relaciones entre etnopolítica y el desarrollo, explorando la cuestión de derechos indígenas y libre determinación en desarrollo, control de recursos naturales y políticas del medioambiente, conflictos socioambientales. Ha realizado varios proyectos de investigación de campo, especialmente en Bolivia. Publica en el inglés, espanol y polaco ( Es también miembro de la Sociedad de Estudios Latinoamericanos (SLAS) y de la Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos (LASA) y aparece con frecuencia en los medios de comunicación como experto en América Latina.

Cursos seleccionados: Sociedades americanas, Bolivia: entre la tradición y la modernidad, Etnopolítica y movimientos indígenas en América Latina, Seminario de licenciatura, seminario de maestría.

Dr. Ryszard Schnepf

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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
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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 Ci±g³o¶æ i dwoisto¶æ. Migracje z Europy Wschodniej do przemys³owej i poprzemys³owej 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); Zrozumieæ zacofanie. Spory historyków o Europê Wschodni± (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 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. Dr. hab. Henryk Szlajfer

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Because of the opposition activities, in March 1968 he was expelled from the University of Warsaw, arrested and sentenced. He renewed his studies after December 1970 and received MA in Economics from the Institute of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw. For some time unemployed, next working as the proofreader, and for a year (1975-76) associated as docente with the University of Coimba (Portugal). In 1977 defended his PhD thesis at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. From late 1977 until 1979 he taught at the Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). In August 1980 he joined as assistant professor the Center for Non-European Countries, Polish Academy of Sciences, and from 1990 until 2013 he was associated with the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. He received the post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) in 2006. Promoted in 2013 by the President of Poland to the rank of professor. From 2006 until present associated with the Institute of Americas and Europe, University of Warsaw (first with CESLA and at present with ASC). Member of the editorial board of the quarterly "Studia Polityczne" (ISP PAN) and for more than 20 years, until 2014, editor-in-chief of the quarterly "Sprawy Miêdzynarodowe" (PISM). From 1993 until 2001 member of the International Advisory Board of the "Journal of Latin American Studies" (London). Published in Poland, Switzerland, the USA, Peru, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany. Associated as research fellow and guest lecturer with the Oxford University (1989, 2010), Institute for East-West Security Studies (New York, 1990-91), Rochester University (2006). In 2012 he published Economic Nationalism and Globalization. Lessons from Latin America and Central Europe, Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. In the 80. of the past century active in the opposition (associated mainly with the underground "Kwartalnik Polityczny KRYTYKA"), and after 1991 until 2008 in the public service. He served in the Foreign Ministry as director (first of the department of Strategy and Policy Planning, and next of the department of Americas, and Archives) and secretary of the Central Council (Rada G³ówna) of the ministry. In 1998 he was promoted by the Prime Minister J. Buzek to the rank of ambassador ad personam. Member of the team negotiating Poland's accession to NATO. From 2000 until 2004 Ambassador-Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the OSCE, UN Office and International Atomic Energy Agency. At present he is working on the book titled (tentatively) Nowi chrze¶cijanie i ¯ydzi w gospodarce kolonialnej Ameryki £aciñskiej, 1492-1750. Zarys problematyki. He hopes very much to get it published in 2018.

Prof. Marek Wilczyñski

+48 22 55 333 27
Room 113

ASC Affiliated Faculty

  • Prof. UJK dr hab. W³odzimierz Batóg
  • Prof. Uczelni £azarskiego dr hab. Wojciech Bieñkowski
  • Prof. UMCS dr hab. Pawe³ Frelik
  • Dr. Marcin Gajek
  • Antoni Górny, M.A.
  • Dr. Ewa Hauser
  • Ludmi³a Janion, M.A.
  • Gabriela Jeleñska, M.A.
  • Aleksandra Kamiñsk, M.A.
  • Dr. Marta Kania
  • Blanka Kotliñska, M.A.
  • Dr. Kalina Kukie³ko-Rogoziñska
  • Anna Kurowicka, M.A.
  • Dr. Urszula £ugowska
  • Dr. James Morrison
  • Dr. Emma Oki
  • Dagmara Szczepañska, M.A.
  • Prof. UW dr hab. Roman Szul
  • Ewa ¦cibior, M.A.
  • Marta Usiekniewicz, M.A.
  • Dr. Justyna Wierzchowska
  • Juliusz Zamecznik, M.A.
  • Dr. Ma³gorzata Zió³ek-Sowiñska

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Natalia Gajda
Finance Specialist
+48 22 55 333 24
Room 300

Aleksandra Gniadzik-Smoliñska
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+48 22 55 333 26
Room 302

Miros³aw Król
IT Specialist
Room 103

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

Anna Paw³owska
Finance Specialist
+48 22 55 333 24
Room 300

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+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

Olena Ostrowska
+48 22 5533330
Room 315

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