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Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast (lecturer)

Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast heads the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies (ZIP) at the European University Viadrina (EUV) and the Graduate College for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies. An economist and economic historian, she completed her habilitation on European history (with a focus on economic history) from the University of Siegen in 2013 through her work, “Zwischen Hammer und Amboss – Konzepte und Praxis wirtschaftlicher Integration in Ostmitteleuropa von der Zwischenkriegszeit bis zur Gegenwart.” She has worked and researched at a variety of institutes, including the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF) in Potsdam, the University of Erfurt, the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas at the University of Leipzig and the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Wassenaar. Currently, she is focusing her research on social economics. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast is married, has two daughters and lives with her family in Frankfurt Oder.

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Mark Keck-Szajbel (lecturer)

Mark Keck-Szajbel is a historian and philologist specializing in twentieth century East Central European cultural history. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with his dissertation on East bloc travel and tourism in late state socialism. His current research focuses on the cultural afterlife of state socialism: more precisely, he is studying the economic, social and cultural remnants of totalitarian systems a generation after its demise. At the university, Mark Keck-Szajbel places particular focus on teaching methods and student mentoring. Recipient of numerous awards—including the Fulbright and several Foreign Language and Area Studies grants—he has studied in a half-dozen countries and regularly takes his students abroad.

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Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck (Polish language instructor, lecturer)

My dissertation research (at UC Berkeley) on secondary predication in West Slavic combines formal linguistics with a comparative and sociolinguistic study of Polish, Czech and Upper Sorbian. I am particularly interested in contact phenomena, which are an on-going topic on the Polish-German borderland. At Viadrina, I teach undergraduate courses in Polish linguistics and assist in ZIP activities.

   Alexander Simmeth (lecturer)

Alexander has been associated with the Center since 2013. He recently finished his PhD at the University of Hamburg with a dissertation on West-German pop music in the 1970s (Alexander Simmeth, Krautrock Transnational. Die Neuerfindung der Popmusik in der BRD, 1968-78, Bielefeld: transcript [exp. May 2016]). Alexander’s research focuses on twentieth century West-European and Transatlantic cultural history; at the Center he teaches classes on consumer and popular cultures, historical methodology, and the history of historiography. As of November 2015 he lives in Detroit, Michigan.

  Ksymena Filipowicz-Tokarska (Polish language instructor)

Ksymena Filipowich-Tokarska is the director of the Study of Polish Philology at the Collegium Polonicum. Her work involves women's literature and writers of geopoetics on the Oder. She defended her doctoral thesis on Polish feminist discourse after 1989 in 2008 at the University of Poznan. Beyond literature she also studies methods of teaching the Polish language.

  Jan Zgrzywa (Polish language instructor)

Jan Zgrzywa has been a lecturer at the College Polonicum and the European University Viadrina since 2009. He works on Polish culture and the language of contemporary Polish literature. Currently he is working on a dissertation about theprose of Olga Tokarczuk at the University of Poznan.

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Patryk Wasiak (lecturer)

Dr. Patryk Wasiak (1978) holds MA titles in sociology and art history (Warsaw University) and PhD in cultural studies (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities). He wrote a PhD thesis on transnational contacts of visual artists within the Soviet bloc. Further he pursued research on social aspects of computerization in state socialist Poland. Former fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam, the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Currently he works on a second book on consumer electronics and social identities of Poles during the period of system transition of year 1989. His current project is supported with a 3-year research grant from the National Science Centre of Poland. He is an affiliate of the Tensions of Europe. Technology and the Making of Europe research network.

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Ondřej Klípa (lecturer)

Ondřej Klípa graduated in Slavic Philology (spec. in Polish Language) and Ethnology as well as in Area Studies from Charles University in Prague, where he also obtained his Ph.D. He worked as a secretary of the Government Council for National Minorities and the Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In 2014 he joined the faculty of European Univeristy Viadrina. The main fields of his interest are migration, ethnic conflicts and social cohesion, ethnic minorities, as well as modern history of Central and Eastern Europe.