PSA Board Elections – Friday February 12

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The Polish Studies Association, a global network of scholars interested in Polish topics, is seeking two new members for its governing board. This year, in the best Soviet fashion, we have two nominations for two board positions. The nominees are Agnieszka Mrozek, a literary scholar at the Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and Jan Musekamp, an historian at the University of Pittsburgh. Their scholarly biographies can be found below.


Ballots will be circulated via e-mail to all current PSA members on Friday and elections will run from February 12 to February 19. You must be a current member of PSA to vote. Join or renew your membership here:


Agnieszka Mrozik is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is affiliated with two research teams: The Centre for Cultural and Literary Studies of Communism, and the Archives of Women. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies (2012) and an MA in American Studies (2005). Between 2008 and 2016 she taught feminist criticism, media discourse and popular culture analysis at the Postgraduate Gender Studies Program at the PAS Institute of Literary Research. Her doctoral dissertation examined the identity politics of the feminist movement and women’s literature in post-1989 Poland. She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled “Forgotten Revolution: Communist Female Intellectuals and the Making of Women’s Emancipation in Post-war Poland.” Her research interests include: 1. concepts of gender, generations and communism; 2. critical analysis of public discourse (including media and popular culture); 3. history of women and women’s movements; 4. women’s life writing and literature in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of Akuszerki transformacji. Kobiety, literatura i władza w Polsce po 1989 roku (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo IBL PAN, 2012). She co-edited and co-authored several volumes: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Agnieszka Mrozik, and Grzegorz Wołowiec, eds., Reassessing Communism: Concepts, Culture, and Society in Poland 1944–1989 (Budapest and New York: CEU Press, forthcoming 2021); Agnieszka Mrozik and Anna Artwińska, eds., Gender, Generations, and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond (New York and London: Routledge, 2020); Agnieszka Mrozik and Stanislav Holubec, eds., Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism (New York: Routledge, 2018); Agnieszka Mrozik et al., eds., Encyklopedia gender (Warszawa: Czarna Owca, 2014).


As the deputy director of the PAN Institute of Literary Research from June 2020 and a member of the PSA board, I will seek to strengthen cooperation between historical research and literary and cultural studies.


Jan Musekamp is a historian and cultural scientist, working on modern East Central Europe. In my teaching and research, I focus on migration, mobility, and borderlands. Since 2018, I am the DAAD Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s History Department. I gained my Ph.D. from European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder where I taught Polish and Eastern European history from 2007 to 2018. I held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Austin and at Washington University in St. Louis. As an undergraduate, I studied history in Toruń and Brno. My first book From Stettin to Szczecin, 1945-2005 is a history of cultural appropriation in a border city and major port that was transferred from Germany to Poland in 1945 (Polish and German editions). I am currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled From Paris to St. Petersburg and from Kaunas to New York. A Cultural History of Transnational Mobility in East Central Europe.

As a member of the PSA board, I would be happy to further connect Polish and US scholars and institutions. Also, I would also hope to expand collaboration with the large number of German universities working on Polish topics.