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Department of American Studies

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The Department of American Studies is one of the oldest centers of American studies in Poland. It was established in part thanks to grants from the Mellon Foundation, which allowed for the development of scientific activities and the amassing of a large book collection. The creator of the Krakow Center of American studies is Prof. Andrzej Mania, who in 1994 became the head of the Interfaculty Department of American Studies, which in 2000 was transformed into the Chair in American Studies. Interdisciplinary doctoral studies in American studies, which have been offered for many years, have resulted in several dozen Ph.D. dissertations in various disciplines. In 2019, the department changed its name to the Department of American Studies.

Scholars from our department represent a wide range of specialties and scholarly interests, including history, political science, international relations, law, and philosophy.

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  • U.S. foreign policy
  • The U.S. political system and institutions
  • Campaigns and elections in the U.S.
  • The American legal system
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The intellectual history of the United States
  • The American way of war
  • United States history
  • The recent history of international relations
  • Global governance

Prof. Łukasz Kamieński (supervisor):

  • 2020-2023: Neuroscience and Neurotechnologies in Warfare, research project under the OPUS 17 founding scheme, National Science Centre (2019/33/B/HS5/01297)
  • Cyborg Wars, book, Wydawnictwo Czarne.
  • Military Human Enhancement.
  • War and Medicine.
  • National Science Foundation research grant (2010-2014): New technologies and the changing face of war. Science fiction or the future of Western way of war? – book project.
  • The History of Drugs and Combat – book project.
  • Revolutions in Military Affairs: From nuclear to Information RMA – book project.

Prof. Paweł Laidler:

  • Principal Investigator of the international research project Beethoven 2 (NCN-DFG): "Trust and Transparency in the Age of Surveillance. American, German and Polish Perspectives,” 2018-2021, in collaboration with Prof. Lora Anne Viola of the Free University in Berlin.
  • Principal Investigator of the Opus 16 Project (NCN): “The Constitutionalization of Politics as a Checks and Balances Tool from a Comparative Perspective” 2019-2021.
  • Leader of the research grant of Polish National Science Center NCN (OPUS), Finansowanie kampanii wyborczych w Stanach Zjednoczonych a przyszłość demokracji (“U.S. Campaign Finance and the Status of American Democracy;” in cooperation with Dr. Maciej Turek), 2014-2017 – book project.
  • Society-Education-Technology EU-JU grant for participation in the Winter School of Methods, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Vienna 2014.
  • Library grant from the JFK Institute for North American Studies in Berlin (July 2011) – book project.
  • SYLFF scholarship for a three-month research visit at the Catholic University in America, Washington, D.C. – book project.
  • U.S. Attorney General Office – conflict of competences – book project.
  • U.S. Constitution Commentary – book project.
  • Analysis of the Most Important U.S. Supreme Court Caselaw – three-book project.
  • Analysis of the Legal and Political role of the U.S. Supreme Court – book project.

Magdalena Modrzejewska, Ph.D.:

  • Adam Smith’s labor theory of value in context of American utopian experiments.
  • Nineteenth century American individualist anarchism.
  • Anarchism and utopian socialism in Latin America in first half of the nineteenth century.
  • Victoria Woodhull and voting rights for women.
  • American colonial painting.
  • National Science Foundations (2011-2016): Josiah Warren – The First American Anarchist? Book project.
  • The Methods and Paradigms of Latin American Thought – book project

Maciej Turek Ph.D.:

  • The U.S. Presidential Primary System book project in progress.
  • Investigator in the National Science Center (NCN) research grant (2014-2017): Financing Federal Election Campaigns in the U.S. (with principal investigator Paweł Laidler).

Prof. Patrick Vaughan:

  • 2006, Kennan Research Grant: George Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., United States.
  • 2003, Kennan Research Grant: George Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., United States.
  • 2002-2003, Kościuszko Foundation Fellowship Research Grant, New York, NY, United States.
  • 2000-2001, J. William Fulbright Scholarship: Sponsored by Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Prof. Łukasz Wordliczek:

  • 2020: Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian Univerisity, DigiWorld 2020 competition, project: "Budowa bazy danych w ramach polskiego oddziału Comparative Agendas Project" (“Building a Database Within the Polish Branch of the Comparative Agendas Project”)
  • 2015-2018: “Neural Networks in Political Science” research grant
  • 2015-: “Privatization of International Relations” research project in progress
  • 2015-2016: research project on food sovereignty
  • 2010-2013: Polish Ministry of Higher Education research grant N N116 324239 “US foreign Policy Since WWII: Continuity and Change”
  • 2011-2012: EU project Atomium Culture – El Pais (7.XI.2013) and Il Sole 24 Ore (7.XI.2013)
  • 2006-2007: research project on private legislation in the United States
  • 2000-2003: research project on presidential powers in post-WWII US foreign policy
  • 2000: grant and research visit in the United States (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship Fund)

Prof. Małgorzata Zachara:

  • 2021, "Holokaust w praktykach i narracjach przywództwa" (“The Holocaust in Leadership Practices and Narratives”), MINIgrants Heritage PRA competition (First edition), Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University.
  • 2021, "Leadership for the Protection of Global Public Goods", Global Trends Lab (GTL) – A World in Turbulence: Political and Security Challenges, Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University.
  • 2019, "Can Institutions Save the World? Global Governance in a Time of Fragmentation". Research project thanks to an Italian Government Scholarship. Cagliari University, 2019.
  • "Poland in Transatlantic Relations: Tools, Perspectives, and the Role of Poland in Shaping the Transatlantic Debate", National Center of Science grant, SONATA, 2012-2016.
  • "Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era", National Center of Science grant, HARMONIA, 2012-2014.

Publications: The academic journal "Ad Americam: Journal of American Studies" (since 2000)

Organized conferences and workshops:

  • “Back in the Game? Poland in Transatlantic Relations after 1989;” international workshop with the participation of twenty researchers from Polish, American, and German centers, active in the field of transatlantic studies (March 20, 2015).
  • “Negotiating Cultural Differences in an Era of Digital Communication;” international symposium with the participation of Zygmunt Bauman and Ciro Marcondes Filho (October 2-3, 2013); post-conference publication.
  • “Presidential Elections in the United States: Challenges and Expectations” (October 26-27, 2012); post-conference publication.
  • “The United States and the World: From Imitation to Challenge;” international conference (May 29-30, 2009); post-conference publication.
  • "American Myth in Polish Culture: Construction, Reconstruction, Deconstruction"; international conference (April 18-19, 2008).
  • “US Foreign Policy: Theory, Mechanisms, and Practice;” international conference (May 25-27, 2007); post-conference publication.