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Department of American Culture

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The Department of American Culture was established in October 2013 as a center for studies of the merging of the worlds of culture and politics on both American continents. It is an interdisciplinary institution whose collaborators include sociologists, political scientists, culture studies researchers, and film and media scholars.
Its researchers’ scholarly interests are concentrated on the evolution, diversity, and multidimensionality of American cultures with a special emphasis on the United States and Canada.
The research and didactic activities of the Department include issues associated with the American and Canadian education systems; film, theater, media and audiovisual culture; languages and language policy; and political rhetoric.

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  • American and Canadian film
  • The history of American and Canadian theater
  • American and Canadian media and audiovisual culture
  • American public television
  • American myths and their reception
  • Education in the U.S. and Canada
  • Political rhetoric in the U.S.

Prof. Radosław Rybkowski (supervisor)
  • Horizon 2020, member of the research team in the project: RiTrain Plus (Research Infrastructure Training Plus) under the framework of: “Support for Policy and International Cooperation”

Twice, the Polish-American Fulbright Commission Fellow

  • 2004 – Fulbright Institute for the Studies of the Civilization of the United States
  • 2009 – The Emergence of US Federal Higher Education Policy (New York University)

Twice, the recipient of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada grants

  • 2010 – Canadian Higher Education Policy (York University)
  • 2012 – The Canadian Political System: Balancing Federal-Provincial Powers (York University)
Justyna Budzik, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Budzik is currently collecting material for a book devoted to syncretism of arts and the correspondence between literature and art in Polish literature written in the Americas.
  • She is a member of the research project at the Józef Tischner Institute (Krakow): "Images of God, Human Being and the World in Literature", for which she is currently preparing a chapter: "Homo hesitans and homo confidens: Between Philosophy and Religious Experience – God in the Poetry of Bogdan Czaykowski."
Rafał Kuś, Ph.D.
  • 2019, grant from the National Science Center (NCN) MINIATURE 3 for a research project on the functioning of National Public Radio (NPR) in the media and political system of the United States.
  • He has authored a textbook on media studies methodology as well as a monograph about American public radio (NPR).
prof. Garry Robson
  • 2021, Generation Z and Its Possible Futures: ‘Digital Natives,’ Their Families, Surveillance Capitalism, and Distance Learning, "Social (r)Evolutions Lab (SocRevLab) – Społeczne (r)Ewolucje – poza horyzont teraźniejszości", Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University.
  • He is currently engaged in research for a book on the cultural transformation of the United Kingdom and its relations with the United States and European Union since 1997.
Prof. Jolanta Szymkowska-Bartyzel
  • “Poland in Transatlantic Relations: Tools, Perspectives, and Importance in Shaping the Polish transatlantic debate” – research grant of National Science Center, SYMFONIA, UMO-2011/03/D/HS5/01116. Researcher.
  • “Negotiating Cultural Differences in Digital Communication Era” – research grant of the National Science Center, HARMONIA, UMO-2012/04/M/HS6/00517. Researcher.

Organized conferences and workshops:

  • "Management of the faculty", training workshops (in cooperation with the Institute of Professional Training), Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw (November 24th, 2016).
  • "Back to the Game? Poland in Transatlantic Relations since 1989", international conference, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (March 20, 2015).
  • "Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era", international conference, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (October 2-3, 2013).


  • Participation in academic conferences organized by the students of the Institute, including moderation of conference panels during the annual Days of American Culture and Canadian Culture Festival.
  • Participation in discussions with students (including the regularly organized “Fireside Chats” dedicated to current socio-political problems of both Americas).
  • Organization of guest lectures for students and scholars from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
  1. 2015: Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, journalist.
  2. 2013: Prof. Zygmunt Bauman, professor emeritus (University of Leeds).