Slavic Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2001
Justyna Beinek specializes in Polish and Russian nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with a particular focus on Romanticism, cultural studies, and comparative literature. Her research interests include the engagement of Polish and Russian literatures with issues of memory, nation, gender, authorship, the body, and the idea of the “West.” She is currently completing her book, The Album in the Age of Russian and Polish Romanticism: Memory, Nation, Authorship, based on extensive archival research in Poland and Russia.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992
Padraic Kenney is the 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.
Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1998
Jeff Veidlinger is the director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, and studies the history of Eastern European and Russian Jewry. He is also the co-director of AHEYM (The Archive of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories), a project that collects videotaped oral histories of Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe, mostly about Jewish life in the region before the Second World War. His latest book is In the Shadow of the Shtetl:Jewish Memory in Eastern Europe.
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.
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.
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.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008
Annika Freiberg studies Polish-German relations during the Cold War, transnational and national memory, and the rebuilding of Central Europe after the Second World War.
Ph.D., British Columbia, 1989.
Sue Grimmond researches urban and rural climate changes around the world, with a particular focus on Poland.
Owen V. Johnson
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1978
Owen V. Johnson studies mass media and history in East Central Europe.
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.
English/Creative Writing (Indianapolis)
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1997
Karen Kovacik translates contemporary Polish poetry.
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).
Communication Studies (Indianapolis)
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.
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
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,