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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)

Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck is a linguist who specializes on West Slavic languages. Her research focuses on secondary predication in West Slavic, and combines formal linguistics with a comparative and sociolinguistic study of Polish, Czech and Upper Sorbian. She is particularly interested in contact phenomena, which are an on-going topic on the Polish-German borderland. At the Viadrina, she teaches courses in Polish linguistics and assists in ZIP activities

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Jan Musekamp (lecturer)

Jan Musekamp teaches Eastern European History at the European University Viadrina and is a non-resident fellow with International and Area Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In his doctoral thesis (2008: European University Viadrina, PhD equivalent, summa cum laude) he focuses on forced migrations and cultural appropriation in the Polish border city of Szczecin between 1945 and 2005. In his diploma thesis (2002: European University Viadrina, M.A. equivalent) Jan Musekamp did extensive research on forced migrations in Brno/Czech Republic between 1938 and 1948. He is currently working on his second book: A Cultural History of Transnational Mobility in East Central Europe. How the Royal Prussian Eastern Railroad Connected Paris to St. Petersburg and Kovno to New York. Jan Musekamp has studied abroad in Toruń/Poland and in Brno/Czech Republic and has tought undergraduate and graduate courses in Germany, Poland, and the United States.

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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.

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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. He has done extensive research on the prose of Olga Tokarczuk at the University of Poznan.