Prof. Mania graduated with a degree in History in 1972 from the Jagiellonian University, where he received his doctorate in 1975, obtained a habilitation in 1983, and became a professor in 1993. He is the member of numerous scientific societies (PAU, PAN, PTH, PTNP, PTSM, scientific advisory institution of the Committee awarding the Nobel Peace Prize, Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Salzburg Seminar 1989 and 1991). He spent much time in foreign scientific centers, including at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; the University of Padova; the School of Slavic and East European Studies, Univ. of London; New College - Oxford University; and law faculties at: Cleveland State University, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Indiana at Indianapolis, and Fordham University New York; the John Hopkins Univ. in Washington, D.C., and at the Bologna Center; the Free University of Berlin; Georgetown University; and the George Washington University. Prof. Mania has conducted research in the following presidential libraries in the United States : Franklin D. Roosevelta (in Hyde Park), Harry Truman (in Indianapolis), D. Eisenhower (in Abilene), John F. Kennedy (in Boston), and Lyndon Baines Johnson (in Austin); at the National Archives of the U.S. in Washington D.C., the libraries of Gerald Ford (Ann Arbor), Jimmy Carter (in Atlanta); in academic centers educating diplomats, Washington, D.C. New York, Bedford near Boston, at the universities of Prague and Upsala, as well as at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2008-2016, he participated in about thirty visits to universities and scientific networks (e.g., IRUN, Coimbra Group, Utrecht Network), of which the Jagiellonian University is a member. He represented the Jagiellonian University at EUA (2011 Aarhus, 2012 Warwick, 2014 Brussels) at CDE-EUA; at EAIE (European Association for International Education), and the Quality Assurance Forum in Tallinn, Barcelona, London, as well as NAFSA (Association of International Educators) in Vancouver, Boston and Denver; as part of conferences of universities and Japanese foundations (Copenhagen, Beppu, Tokyo) and during visits to Chinese universities. All these travels allowed for visits to universities and establishing the scientific cooperation with important scholars in the social sciences.
- Head of the Department of American Studies
- Deputy Director of the Institute of Political Sciences of the Jagiellonian University for Didactics: 1985-1988,
- Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University for full-time studies: 1990-1996,
- Director of the Institute of Political Sciences of the Jagiellonian University - 1996-1999,
- Organizer and the first Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University - 2000-2002,
- Organizer and the first Director of the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University: from 2005 to 2008,
- Member of the first term (in the years 2002-2004) and the second term (in the years 2005-2007) of the State Accreditation Committee; in the second term: vice-chairman of PKA and chairman of a team of social and legal studies. Expert of the PKA and UKA since 2002,
- Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University for didactics 2008-2016,
- Member of the Senate, most recently in the 2016-2020 term,
- Vice-President of the UAC since 2016
- U.S. foreign and security policy;
- The mechanisms of forming US policy;
- The history of U.S. policy;
- The history of diplomacy;
- The history of international relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
- An interview in the process of forming and implementing security policy.
- Conducting research
- The State Department in the process of forming and implementing U.S. foreign policy;
- The Executive Office of the President;
- The U.S. intelligence community
- Prof. Mania is the four-time recipient of the Award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and many-time recipient of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University. He has been decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Medal of the National Education Commission.
- Member of the Lions Club Krakow - Old Town (President of the Club in 1996-1997).
Prof. A. Mania has published ten monographs (most recently: Department of State i Foreign Service w polityce zagranicznej USA lat gorącej i zimnej wojny, 1939-1989 [“The Department of State and Foreign Service in the United States’ Foreign Policy During Hot and Cold Wars”], Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, 2019; Détente and the policy of the United States towards Eastern Europe, January 1969-January 1981, Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, 2003; The Department of State 1789-1939: The First 150 years of Participation in U.S. Foreign Policy, Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, 2011; A History of Polish Diplomacy, Volume VI 1945-1989; chapters for the years 1947-1955, Warsaw, 2010). He has published and co-written a dozen or so collective works. He is the editor of a series of monographs on "American Studies" at the Jagiellonian University and since 2001 has been the editor of the scientific journal "Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies"; meanwhile, he has edited the “Political Science” series as part of the Jagiellonian University Scientific Notebooks since 1984. Prof. Mania is the editor of the “Momentum” publishing series promoting the publication of works on leading international problems. He has been the supervisor of around 1,200 MA students (mainly in the following fields: political science, international relations, law, cultural studies, administration, and English philology) as well as the supervisor of over thirty doctors, a reviewer in several dozens of doctoral and postdoctoral conducts. Prof. Mania has also participated in assessing the achievements of candidates for the title of professor and assesses the conclusions of the Central Commission for Degrees and Titles and the General Council for Higher Education.