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Paulina Napierała, dr

Paulina Napierała, dr

 

Paulina Napierała holds a Ph.D., in political science from Jagiellonian University. Her dissertation, defended in 2011, focused on G.W. Bush's faith-based initiatives policy. Her research explores a variety of issues concerning the role of religion in American public life. 
She graduated from Jagiellonian University receiving two M.A. degrees: in International Relations and in Ethnic and Migration Studies. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in English Philology. She also studied in England (University of the West of England, Bristol), and in the USA (Valdosta State University).
She received several scholarships and grants: Kosciuszko Foundation Grant (research at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, BC; Harvard Divinity School and Harvard J.F. Kennedy School of Government), Fulbright Junior Fellowship (research at Boston College and Harvard University), Józef Tischner's Scholarship (Institute for Human Sciences, ‘IWM', Vienna), J.F. Kennedy Library Grant (Freie Universität Berlin).
Thanks to the financial support from her home institution she also conducted research at the University of Michigan where she additionally participated in the ICPSR summer program (2012), and a library research at Stanford University (2013). She gave visiting lectures and presentations at Boston College, Canisius College, Buffalo; Valdosta State University, Vilnius University, University of Ljubljana and University of Catania.

 

Functions:

  • „Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies" (Editorial Assistant: 2012-2017; Managing Editor: 2017-…)
  • International Migrations Academic Circle’s  Supervisor (2016-…)
  • The Secretary of the Admissions Commission for the Faculty of International and Political Studies JU (2016/2017)

Media:

  • occasionally

Academic interests:

  • Church and state relations in the USA
  • The role of religion in American public life
  • Religion and politics
  • American Religious Right, American culture wars
  • Social and political role of the "Black churches"
  • Social problems in the US
  • International migrations

Research projects & grants:

  • Social and political role of the “Black churches” 
  • Polityczno-społeczna rola Kościołów afroamerykańskich na Południu USA [Political and Social Role of African American Churches in the American South] – grant NCN 2018-2019 [National Center of Science grant]: 27.01.2019 – 04.03.2019, Georgia, USA

Past research projects & grants:

  • Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowhship - research and consultations at: Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College; Harvard Divinity School, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, February-June 2015
  • “American Religious Pluralism” – research at John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Jagiellonian University grant, August 2014
  • “American Culture Wars” – library research and consultations at Stanford University, Jagiellonian University grant, August 2013
  • ICPSR Summer Program and research at University of Michigan, SET Scholarship and Jagiellonian University grant, July 2012
  • “Polish schools in Great Britain: Tradition and Changes”,  Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' grant for Prof. Dorota Praszałowicz, Dr. Agnieszka Małek, Dr. Paulina Napierała, Małgorzata Irek, Joanna Pylat, Paulina Pustułka, May-December 2012.
  • “G.W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives Policy 2001-2008”, Polish Ministry of Higher Education's grant, Paulina Napierała, Dorota Praszałowicz, 2009-2011.
  • The City of Krakow Grant for Talented Students and Ph.D. Candidates, July 14th, 2010
  • IWM Summer School on Religion in Public Life, Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant for seminars with prof.: Jose Casanova, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, Nilufer Gole, Marcin Król, Krzysztof Michalski, Dipesh Chakrabarty and Sudipta Kaviraj; Cortona, July 4-17, 2010.
  • Józef Tischner's Fellowship, Institute for Human Sciences IWM, Vienna, Austria, July-December 2009.
  • Fulbright Junior Fellowhip – research and consultations at: Boston College, Harvard University, August 2007 - June 2008.
  • “Religious Fundamentalism”: seminars with professors: Clyde Wilcox, Jamal Malik and Enzo Pace, Josef Tischner’s University, Krakow, December 4-6th, 2008.
  • JFK Library Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, April-May 2006.

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Publications

Books

2015, In God We Trust. Religia w sferze publicznej USA, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka 2015, [In God We Trust. Religion in American Public Sphere, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka 2015] pp. 318

2013, Religia i polityka w USA. Faith-based initiatives w okresie prezydentury G. W. Busha, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, [Religion and Politics in the USA. Faith-based Initiatives During G.W. Bush’s Administration, Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press], pp. 244.

Chapters

2019, The Influence of Religion on American Policy toward Israel: Is FPA a Useful Tool for Analysis?, [in:] Application of International Relations Theories in Asia and Africa, eds. M. Grabowski, T. Pugacewicz, Berlin: Peter Lang, pp. 219-247.

2016, Religia i relacje państwo-Kościół w myśli społeczno-politycznej Thomasa Jeffersona i Jamesa Madisona [Religion and Church-State Relations In the Socio-political Thought of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison], [in:] Oblicza Ameryki. Szkice o społeczeństwie, kulturze i polityce Stanów Zjednoczonych [Faces of America. Essays on Society, Culture and Politics of the United States], eds. Paulina Napierała, Rafał Kuś, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, pp. 105-154.

2014, Barack Obama, Religion, and the Separation of Church and State, [in:] 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Challenges and Expectations,, eds. Paweł Laidler, Maciej Turek, Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 223-247.

2013, Spory ideologiczne wokół systemu opieki społecznej w Stanach Zjednoczonych, [w:] Stany Zjednoczone wczoraj i dziś. Wybrane zagadnienia społeczno-polityczne, red. Agnieszka Małek, Paulina Napierała, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka,[Ideological Controversies Concerning the American Welfare System (in:) The United States Yesterday and Today. Selected Socio-political Problems, eds. Agnieszka Małek, Paulina Napierała, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka], pp. 135-166.

2013, Rola religii w okresie kształtowania się społeczeństwa amerykańskiego. Geneza wprowadzenia rozdziału państwa od Kościoła, [in:] Stany Zjednoczone wczoraj i dziś. Wybrane zagadnienia społeczno-polityczne, red. Agnieszka Małek, Paulina Napierała, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, [The Role of Religion During the Shaping Period of American Society (in:) The United States Yesterday and Today. Selected Socio-political Problems, eds. Agnieszka Małek, Paulina Napierała, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka], pp. 13-38.

2010, Defending Religious and National Identities. A Comparative Study between Polish and American Religious Right Movements, [in:] Religions and Identities in Transition, (eds.) I. Borowik, M. Zawiła, Kraków: Nomos, pp. 131-148.

2010, From Secularization of the State to Deprivatization of Religion and Faith-Based Initiatives Policy in the USA,, [in:] Perspectives on Memory and Identity, (eds.) B. Marrin, K. Hammerstein, IWM Junior Visiting Fellows' Conferences, Vol. 28, Vienna.

2007, Christian Zionism and Its Influence on American Foreign Policy, [in:] U.S. Foreign Policy: Theory, Mechanisms and Practice, (eds.) Andrzej Mania, Paweł Laidler, Łukasz Wordliczek, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, pp. 539-548.]

Articles

2018, Analyzing the Influence of the American Religious Right on U.S. Foreign Policy And International Relations: Theoretical, Methodological And Empirical Approach, “Humanities and Social Sciences Review” 08(02), pp. 179-222.​

2017, Relacje między purytanami a kwakrami w XVII-wiecznej Nowej Anglii, „Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Sociologica” 9 (2017), vol. 2, s. 101–124.

2014, Polish and American Religious Right Movements in the Perspective of Secularization, Privatization and Deprivatization of Religion Theories, (in:) "International Journal of Arts and Sciences" 7 (4), December 2014, pp. 535-552.

2013, The American Religious Right and James Dobson's 'Family Values Empire', "AdAmericam", vol. 14, pp. 113-138.

2012, The Strategy of the Religious Right: Christian Fiction or Political Agitation?, „Ad Americam",  vol. 13, pp. 45-65.

2010, Rola koncepcji Manifest Destiny w uzasadnianiu amerykańskich interwencji zbrojnych, „Meritum", Tom II, Olsztyn, pp. 219-239.
 
2009, G.W. Bush's ‘Faith-Based Initiatives' Policy and the Idea of the Separation of Church and State in the U.S.A., „Politeja", no. 12, pp. 357-381.

2007, Amerykańska prawica religijna oraz rola Christian Coalition w jej rozbudowie i aktywizacji, „Politeja", no. 7, pp. 419-447.

Editions

2016, Oblicza Ameryki. Szkice o społeczeństwie, kulturze i polityce Stanów Zjednoczonych [Faces of America. Essays on Society, Culture and Politics of the United States], Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, p. 200 (co-editior: Rafał Kuś)

2013, Stany Zjednoczone wczoraj i dziś. Wybrane zagadnienia społeczno-polityczne, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Księgarnia Akademicka, [The United States Yesterday and Today. Selected Socio-political Problems] pp. 262 (co-editor: Agnieszka Małek).

 

Reviews

2019, Christian: the politics of a word in America (M. Bownam) [in:] “Political Theology”, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group [online]

2019, Said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody. The making of a black theologian: by James H. Cone [in:] “Political Theology”, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group [online] 

2018, God's Country. Christian Zionism in America (S. Goldman) [in:] "Political Theology" Taylor & Francis Group [online] 

2009, Steve Bruce, Fundamentalizm, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sic! 2006, / rev. [in:] „Studia Migracyjne. Przegląd Polonijny", no. 2, pp. 93-101.

Miscellanea

2018, November, „Renesans Boskiego Przeznaczenia”[The Renaissance of Manifest Destiny]- fragments of the text „Rola koncepcji Manifest Destiny w uzasadnianiu amerykańskich interwencji zbrojnych” published by „Sprawy Nauki”

2018, October, „Manifest Destiny” – fragments of the text:  „Rola koncepcji Manifest Destiny w uzasadnianiu amerykańskich interwencji zbrojnych” published by „Sprawy Nauki” 

2018, Report from the conference: „Mother of Exiles”.  Amerykańskie wzorce polityki imigracyjnej a wyzwania współczesnej Europy [Mother of Exiles. American patterns of immigration policy and the challenges for contemporary Europe],  Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny. [Migration Studies – Review of Polish Diaspora] nr 2 (168)/2018, ss. 241–247

2017, consultations and comments for Huffington Post: „Polish Woman Says She Was Dragged Out Of Church After Unfurling Anti-Racism Banner. Her banner read, ‘Racism is a sin.’” (author: Carol Kuruvilla; 17.11.2017)

2017, consultations and comments for Onet.pl: Kulisy sporu Zakonu Maltańskiego z papieżem. Bezprecedensowy krok Franciszka [Behind the conflict between the Pope and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta  (author: P. Gruszka; 05.02.2017)

2014, interview for „Dziennik Polskie": Prezydent nagminnie wzywa Boga, ale krzyża w urzędzie nie powiesisz (autor: Zbigniew Bartuś), [interview for „Dziennik Polski”, Polish Journal: The President keeps invoking God but you won’t hang a cross in an office – by Zbigniew Bartuś]

2014, Stan i perspektywy nauczania przedmiotów ojczystych na obczyźnie (próba diagnozy) [Teaching Mother-Tongue Subjects Abroad]; (with: D. Praszałowicz), [in:] Młodzież polska na obczyźnie - zadania edukacyjne [Polish Youth Abroad: Educational Challenges], PAU: Kraków 2014, post-conference volume

2012, Polskie szkolnictwo w Wielkiej Brytanii: tradycja i nowoczesność - raport, [“Polish schools in Great Britain: Tradition and Changes” – a report],  Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' grant report, 2012, p. 161 (co-authors: Dorota Praszałowicz, Agnieszka Małek, et al.).

2011, III Kongres Polskich Towarzystw Naukowych na Obczyźnie, „Młodzież polska na obczyźnie – zadania edukacyjne" [The Third Congress of Polish Scientific Societies Abroad. Polish Youth Abroad – Educational Challenges], a report „Studia Migracyjne. Przegląd Polonijny", nr 4, pp. 247-253.

2011, Stan i perspektywy nauczania przedmiotów ojczystych na obczyźnie [Teaching Mother-Tongue Subjects Abroad] (with: Dorota Praszałowicz) - online

2010, American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions - międzynarodowe warsztaty naukowe na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim – sprawozdanie,  [American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions – international workshop at Jagiellonian University – a report] „Świat Polonii" - online.

2009, II Kongres Polskich Towarzystw Naukowych na Obczyźnie – sprawozdanie [The Second Congress of Polish Scientific Societies Abroad – a report], „Studia Migracyjne. Przegląd Polonijny", nr 2,  pp. 75-92.

2007, Projekt: „The Polish Diaspora, 1939-1950. History in the own words", „Przegląd Polonijny" nr 3, pp. 105-108.

2007, American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions, „Politeja", nr 2, pp. 629-630.

2007, Sesja naukowa na temat amerykańskiej etniczności: „American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions", „Przegląd Polonijny" nr 1, pp. 115-118.

Conference papers

2019, June 14-16th, "The Role of the Church(es) in Social Movements. Civil Rights Movement in the US and ‘Solidarity’ in Poland", presentation at: Seventh World Congress on Polish Studies (PIASA), University of Gdańsk

2019, February 20th, "African American Churches and Their Attitude Toward the Black Lives Matter Movement", presentation at Black History Month seminar: “Presentations on African American History in War, Religion, and Culture” sponsored by African-American Studies, the Department of History, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Valdosta State University, USA

2018, September 20th-23rd, “Rebellious Religion? Black Churches: From Civil Disobedience to Black Liberation “ – presentation at: 23rd International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures University of Silesia in Katowice: “Captive Minds: Norms, Normativities and the Forms of Tragic Protest in Literature and Cultural Practice”, Szczyrk, Poland

2018, May 29-30th, “Religious Rhetoric in American Politics” – presentation at: 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Challenges in Language. “Language in culture, culture in language”, PWSZ, Nowy Sącz, Poland.

2017, November 9-10th, “The influence of the American Religious Right on US foreign policy” – presentation at: 7th Convention of Polish Society of International Studies (PTSM): “Myśleć globalnie, działać regionalnie: Studia regionalne w perspektywie nauki o stosunkach międzynarodowych” [Think globally, act regionally: regional studies in international relations perspective], Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.  

2017, September 21st-22nd, „Rola polonijnych zakonów żeńskich w USA. Historia i współczesność” [The Role of Polish-American Convents in the US], presented at the international conference "Polacy i diaspora polska w Ameryce Północnej", Muzeum Emigracji, Gdynia.

2017, May 25-26th, „Telewangelizm czy ‘e-wangelizm’? Lakewood Church i wykorzystanie nowych mediów w duszpasterstwie Joela Osteena”, [Televangelism or e-vangelism? Lakewood Church and the Use of the New Media by Joel Osteen] presented at the conference „Media w Ameryce. Ameryka w mediach”[Media in America. America in media], UMCS - Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland.

2017, April 27th, “Historia pentekostalizmu i wkład Afroamerykanów w jego rozwój” [The History of Pentecostalism and the Role of African Americans in Its Development], presented at the academic seminar „Dziedzictwo kulturowe a nowe zjawiska religijne Ameryk: historia i współczesność” [Cultural Heritage and New Religious Phenomena: History and Contemporaneity] , Zakład Ameryki Łacińskiej, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

2017, April 20th-22nd, “The Role of the Black Churches in the American South”, presented at the international conference “New Perspectives in English and American Studies”, Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

2017, March 9-10th, “Relacje między purytanami a kwakrami w koloniach amerykańskich” [Relations between Puritans and Quakers in American Colonies], presented at the conference „Dziedzictwo reformacji. Wymiar społeczno-kulturowy” [Reformation Heritage. Socio-cultural Dimention], Katedra Kulturoznawstwa i Filozofii WH AGH i Katedra Socjologii Religii Wydziału Humanistycznego Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie (Faculties of Humanities at AGH-University of Science and Technology and at Pedagogical University), Kraków.

2016, May 23rd-26th,  “Black Liberation Theology: Significance and Critique”, presented at the international conference of International Journal of Arts and Sciences, held at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona.

2016, April 7-9th, “Aimee Semple McPherson and Her Role in the American Evangelical Movement”, presented at the international conference of British Association of American Studies (BAAS) and Irish Association of American Studies (IAAS), Queen’s University, Belfast.

2016, March 18th, Obraz Kościoła katolickiego amerykańskich mediach. Refleksje po projekcji filmu „Spotlight”[The Image of the Catholic Church in American Media. Several Thoughts After Watching „Spotlight”], presented at the academic seminar „Zróżnicowanie religijne Ameryk: mity-tradycje-zjawiska współczesne” [Religious Diversity of Americas: myths-traditions-contemporary issues], Zakład Ameryki Łacińskiej, Intitute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

2015, May 26-30th, “The Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Public Sphere. A Comparative Study between Poland and the USA” – presentation at the international conference of International Journal of Arts and Sciences, held at Harvard University, Boston, USA.

2014, December 21st-22nd, “Anti-Semitism Within the Polish and American Religious Right Movements. A Comparative Study” – presentation at the international conference "Politics in Everyday Lives", Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Vienna, Austria.

2014, April 6-10th, “Polish and American Religious Right Movements in the Perspective of Secularization, Privatization and Deprivatization of Religion Theories” – presentation at the international conference of International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

2012, October 26-27th,  “Barack Obama’s Attitude Towards Religion and the Separation of Church and State” – presentation at the international conference „2012 Presidential Elections In the United States: Challenges and Expectations", Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 

2010, October 20th-23rd, “Religious Media in the Era of Post-secularism: Popularization of the ideas of Protestant Fundamentalism in American Pop-Culture” – presentation at: „American Diversity: Identities, Narratives, Politics", Polish Association of American Studies (PAAS), Uniwersytet Łódźki, Lodz, Poland.

2010, May 27-28th, “Obama Seen As More Friendly to Religion Than His Party” – presentation at  „Obama's America: Change and Continuity" conference, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

2010, April 8-11th, “Constitutional Controversies around Faith-Based Initiatives Policy and Its Future under the Obama Administration” – presentation at the 55th Conference of the British Association for American Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Great Britain.

2010, March 22-26th, “G.W. Bush’s Policy Towards Faith-Based Initiatives in 2001-2008” – presentation at HCA Spring Academy „American History, Culture and Politics", Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, Germany.

2009, December 17th, “From Secularization of the State to Deprivatization of Religion and Faith-Based Initiatives Policy in the USA” – presentation at: IWM Junior Fellows Conference „Perspectives on Memory and Identity", Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, Austria.

2009, May 29-30th, “Faith-Based Initiatives Policy and Its Influence on the Idea of Separation of Church and State in the USA”- presentation at international conference: “The United States and the World: from Imitation to Challenge", Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. 

2008, December, 11-14th, “Defending Religious and National Identities. A Comparative Study between Polish and American Religious Right Movements” presentation at:  „ISORECEA: Religion, Identity and Life Courses", Religious Studies Institute, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

2007, May 25-27th, “Christian Zionism and Its Influence on American Foreign Policy”- presentation at international conference „U.S. Foreign Policy. Theory, Mechanisms, Practice", Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

2007, May 11-13th, „Dyspensacjonalistyczna wizja świata i jej popularyzacja w mediach amerykańskich na przykładzie serii bestsellerów pod tytułem ‘Left Behind’” [Dispensationalism and its promotion in media, especially „Left Behind” series] – presentation at Ph.D. students’ conference „Media i ludzie", Religious Studies Institute, Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

Other public speeches

2019, 26 October, „W opozycji do Donalda Trumpa. Kobiety i mniejszości etniczno-rasowe we współczesnej polityce amerykańskiej” – presentation during 17. Objazdowy Festiwal Filmowy WATCH DOCS Prawa Człowieka w Filmie, Kraków. 

2019, 12 September, „Z widokiem na Wawel”, TVP Historia:  „Imperium i wiara. Co zmieniło się po 11.09.2001?”

2019, 24 May, “Angel Moroni, golden plates and magical stones. The history of the Book of Mormon and the Latter Day Saints”, lecture “Lekcja z klasą”.

2019, February 28th, "The Evolution of James H. Cone's Thought on Black Liberation Theology", a lecture for The Philosophy and Religious Studies Club, Valdosta State University, USA

2019, February 21st, "The Role of the Black Churches in the American South, a talk for The American Association of University Women (AAUW)", Valdosta State University, USA

2019, February 10th, "Black Churches: Social and Political Engagement Strategies", a talk for Huxford Genealogical Society, Homerville, GA, USA

2018, December 4th, meeting with the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa: Jigme Pema Wangchen (discussion on Tibetan Buddhism’s perspective on global warming)  

2018, April 13th – promotion of American studies at Wyspiański’s School in Bibice, Poland

2018, March 26th – debate „Education for Dignity”, organized by Amnesty International at the opening of the exhibition „Refugees Welcome” 

2018, March 16th – interview for TVGRY.pl concerning religious pluralism in the USA [in:] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRXiWmUZy44&t=1041s

2017, October 20th, Introductory speech at 14th Watch Docs Festival on Human Rights in Film: WORLD CRIME STORY: Various faces of the Migration Crisis, Kraków, Poland

2015, March 26th, Religion and Politics in Poland and in the USA: A Comparative Study; Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, Buffalo, USA.

2010 - Speeches concerning education in the USA during International Education Week events; US Consulate General, Kraków, Poland

2009, November 23rd, speech at „Yes to US. Student’s Guide to Study in the US”, US Consulate General, Kraków

2009, January 20th – presentation at the conference „How to Study in the United States” organized by US Consulate General, Nowodworski’s High school in Krakow.