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. She is a member of Polish Association of International Studies, Polish Political Science Association and Jagiellonian Center of Migration Studies.
- „Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies" (Editorial Assistant: 2012-2017; Managing Editor: 2017-currently)
- International Migrations Academic Circle’s Supervisor (2016-…)
- The Secretary of the Admissions Commission for the Faculty of International and Political Studies JU (2016/2017)
- 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”
Past research projects & grants:
- The National Science Center (NCN): MINIATURA 2 grant 2018/02/X/HS5/02381: “Polityczno-społeczna rola Kościołów afroamerykańskich na Południu USA” [Political and Social Role of African American Churches in the American South] – research at Valdosta State University, Georgia, USA, January-March 2019.
- 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.