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Krakow, Warsaw, Ladek Zdroj


Core Faculty

Jack BielasiakJack Bielasiak
Political Science

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Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975

Jack Bielasiak is a specialist in comparative politics. His major research emphasis is on the transformation of communist societies and the entry of Poland into the European Union. His research in this field has focused on political participation and decision-making processes. He is currently working on the manuscript Reading Post- Communism: Elections and Party Systems in Transitions. In 2004, he served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Central European, East European, and Russian Studies at Warsaw University.

Daniel H. Cole Daniel H. Cole


J.S.D., Stanford Law School, 1996

Daniel H. Cole is the R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law, who teaches and writes about the intersection of law, property economics, natural resources, and environmental protection.

Elizabeth DunnElizabeth Dunn

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Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Elizabeth Dunn is a geographer who looks at the bureaucratic management of labor, displacement and food in postsocialist Eastern Europe. She works in Poland and the Republic of Georgia. Her first book, Privatizing Poland, focused on workers in one of the first state-owned factories to be privatized after the fall of the Berlin Wall and asked how techniques ranging from audit to quality control reshaped ideas about personhood among the firm’s employees and helped create the necessary cultural underpinnings for a market economy. Dunn is currently working on a book about bureaucratic practices of global humanitarianism based on fieldwork conducted in a settlement for people ethnically cleansed during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.

Lee A. FeinsteinLee A. Feinstein
Dean, School of Global and International Studies

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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Lee A. Feinstein, founding dean of the School of Global and International Studies and a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Poland, has had a distinguished career in and out of government. A noted scholar-practitioner, Feinstein served as principal deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff, and held other senior positions at the State Department and Pentagon.  He has worked at the nation’s top research institutions, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. Feinstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Board of Trustees of The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, is a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the North American Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. An expert on international law and national security, Feinstein is the author with Tod Lindberg of Means to an End:  US Interest and the International Criminal Court (Brookings Institution Press).  In addition to his role in Polish Studies, Feinstein is Professor of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies; Affiliated Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law and the Russian and East European Institute in SGIS.

Halina GoldbergHalina Goldberg

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Ph.D., City University of New York Graduate Center, 1997

Halina Goldberg focuses on Chopin (she’s the editor of The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries and author of Music in Chopin's Warsaw). She also focuses on national constructs in Glinka’s music and the participation of nineteenth-century Jewish musicians in the articulation of Polish musical identity.

Bill JohnstonBill Johnston
Comparative Literature

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Ph.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 1995

Bill Johnston is one of the leading translators of Polish literature in the Anglophone world. Working in both prose and poetry, he has translated such authors as Witold Gombrowicz (Bacacay), Tadeusz Rózewicz (New Poems), Magdalena Tulli (Dreams and Stones and Moving Parts), Andrzej Stasiuk (Nine), and Stefan Zeromski (The Faithful River and The Coming Spring), among others. Johnston has held fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005 his translation of Magdalena Tulli’s Dreams and Stones won the AATSEEL Translation Award.

Padraic KenneyPadraic Kenney

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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992

Padraic Kenney is the former director of the Polish Studies Center.  He writes about social and political change in Poland and Eastern Europe. His most recent books are Wroclawskie zadymy and The Burdens of Freedom: Eastern Europe Since 1989. He is also the author of A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989 and Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950. Currently, he is researching a book on political prisoners in the twentieth-century world.

Joanna Nizynska Joanna Nizynska
Slavic Languages & Literatures

Director of Polish Studies Center

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Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 2002

Joanna Nizynska's research is focused on comparative approaches to Polish studies; trauma and post-memory in post-Communist countries; "glocalization" of Western theory in Eastern Europe, gender and queer studies; writing history of "minor literatures"; Polish-American poetic relations; rewriting Classics in modern literature. Joanna is also the Director of the Polish Studies Center.

Łukasz Sicinski
Polish Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures

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(812) 855-3252

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2017

Łukasz Sicinski’s research interests include 20th century Polish culture; intersections of literature and philosophy; epistemology of rubbish; and ethics and morality in Polish film. His current project focuses on the philosophical potential inherent in Miron Bialoszewski’s and Tadeusz Rózewicz’s texts, and examines ways in which this potential is relevant to contemporary discussions in epistemology.

Affiliated Faculty

Andrew AsherAndrew Asher
Library Academic Services, Wells Library

(812) 855-1609

Ph.D., University of Illinois (Anthropology), 2008
M.A., University of Illinois, 2005
B.A., Northwestern University, 2000

Andrew Asher conducts research on borders, transnational spaces and citizenship practices in Poland, Germany, and the European Union.

Sofiya AsherSofiya Asher
Slavic Languages and Literatures

(812) 855-2608

MA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2011
M.A., Dohobrych Pedagogical Insitute, 1999

Sofiya Asher’s teaching and research interests center on Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish languages teaching, especially language exchange and its effects on language learning and intercultural communication

Jack Bloom Jack Bloom
Sociology (IU Northwest)


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1980

Jack Bloom researches, teaches, and writes on the politics of opposition and dissent in Polish politics.

Maria Bucur Maria Bucur


Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1996

Maria Bucur is the John W. Hill Chair of European History, who focuses on modern Eastern European history and its social and cultural developments, often through the lens of gender.

Steven Franks Steven Franks
Slavic Languages and Literatures


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1985.

Steven Franks is a Slavic linguist who recently published a book on Polish syntax. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics.

Jeffrey Holdeman Jeffrey D. Holdeman
Senior Lecturer Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director of the Global Village Living-Learning Center

Education: Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2002.

Jeffrey Holdeman teaches Russian and Czech, and is interested in pedagogy training for Associate Instructors, sociolinguistics, language maintenance and shift.

John R. Karaagac John R. Karaagac
International Relations, SPEA


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1997

John R. Karaagac examines the ways that Poland is involved in international relations, politics, and policy.

Karen Kovacik Karen Kovacik
English/Creative Writing


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1997

Karen Kovacik translates contemporary Polish poetry.

Hiroaki Kuromiya


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1985

Hiroaki Kuromiya's primary interest is Poland's history from 1904/5 to 1953. He has authored a book in Polish, (with Andrzej Pepłoński) Między Warszawą a Tokio: Polsko-Japońska współpraca wywiadowcza 1904--1944 (Toruń: Adam Marszałek, 2009).

John Parrish-Sprowl John Parrish-Sprowl
Communication Studies


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1983

John Parrish-Sprowl is interested in global health issues and how cultural shifts affect health outcomes, with a focus on Eastern Europe, specifically on Wroclaw, Poland.

Jean Robinson Jean Robinson
Political Science


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1980

Jean Robinson, ), among her various research interests, engages with family response to state policies in post-socialist societies, including Poland.

Elzbieta M. Szmyt Elzbieta M. Szmyt
Music (Harp)


Artist Diploma, Indiana University, 1991
M.S., Warsaw University, 1987
M.S., Chopin Academy of Music, 1987
B.S., Warsaw University, 1986

Elzbieta M. Szmyt is a harp specialist who has been the featured soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the Cracow Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Orchestra, in addition to several appearances on Polish radio and television,