Dr. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University in 2009. Her research interests comprise a variety of topics related to youth studies, girlhood studies, literature, popular culture, gender representations, and the fantastic. Dr. Stasiewicz has received several scholarships and grants: the Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., United States), the John F. Kennedy Library Grant (Free University of Berlin), and a scholarship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She participated in the following international research projects: “Letting the Wrong One In: Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture” (2014-2017); “Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War” (2011-2016, Leverhulme Trust); and “Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era” (Polish National Science Centre; HARMONIA Grant). She was granted the Swedish Institute Scholarship within the Visby Programme twice for research work at Växjö University and the House of Emigrants (2007) and at Lund University, Sweden (2014-2015).
Her most recent works are: Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In (Palgrave Macmillan 2017; co-editor and author of a chapter); Lustful Ladies, She-Demons, and Good Little Girls: Female Agency and Desire in the Universes of Sookie Stackhouse; a Special Issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies: As If: Women in Genres of the Fantastic, Cross-Platform Entertainments, and Transmedia Engagements (33.2, 2019); Exotic Otherlands, Headquarters of Death: Sub-tropical Land- and Cityscapes in The Southern Vampire Mysteries "eTropic" 16.1 (2017); and a chapter in "Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War" (Routledge 2016). Dr. Stasiewicz is a member of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. She speaks fluent English and Swedish.
- Coordination of Visiting Professors
- Jagiellonian University Administrator of EU-AU ICI-ECP the global exchange program for students and researchers and the BORDER CROSSINGS: PEOPLE AND PLACES Project
- Jagiellonian University Coordinator of a study tour to the United States: “Religion in American Society” in 2015, which was jointly organized by the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora and the Institute for American Studies of the University of Leipzig, Germany
- Youth Studies (particularly popular literature for young adults)
- Girlhood Studies, Gender Representations
- American Popular Culture
- Monstrosity and Othernes