Officers & Council


The new leadership of the Polish American Historical Association was announced after the 74th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, when the new President, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz was presented. The Officers and Council are to lead PAHA through 2017 and 2018. Contact information and a list of Past Presidents are available on PAHA Website.

THE OFFICERS (EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE)Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz of the University of Gdańsk, Poland, serves as the President; Dr. Anna Muller of the University of Michigan at Dearborn, as the First Vice President; Dr. Iwona Korga, Józef Piłsudski Institute - the Second Vice President; and Dr. Maja Trochimczyk of Moonrise Press – the Secretary on Communications Director (editor of PAHA Newsletter and Online Communications).  Dr. Jim Pula of Purdue University North Central continues in his role as Treasurer and Dr. Pien Versteegh of Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, continues as Executive Director. Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann of Eastern Connecticut State University is the Editor of PAHA's Journal, the Polish American Studies.

THE COUNCIL MEMBERS include: Dr. M. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University; Dr. John Bukowczyk, Wayne State University; Dr. Mary Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University;  Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka of Cazenovia College (Past President, 2015-2016); Dr. Bożena Nowicka McLees, Loyola University Chicago; Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College Chicago; Dr. Dorota Praszałowicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Dr. Czesław Karkowski, Hunter College and Mercy College; Dr. Stephen Leahy, Shantou University, Shantou;  Dr. Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Mr. Robert Synakowski, Syracuse Polish Home, and Dr.  Joanna Wojdon, University of Wroclaw, Poland.  

PAHA Officers and Council in Warsaw, June 2014. L to R (front): Iwona Korga, Pien Versteegh, Grazyna Kozaczka, Maja Trochimczyk, and Jim Pula. L to R (back): Angela Pienkos (guest), Tom Napierkowski, Stephen Leahy, Donald Pienkos (guest), Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Anna Mazurkiewicz, Tom Duszak, Mieczyslaw B.B. Biskupski.



Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, 
PAHA President

Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz works at the Faculty of History at the University of Gdańsk where from she graduated summa cum laude in 1999, and where she defended her Doctoral Dissertation in 2006. She also studied at the California State University, Fresno (1997-1998), was a APRF Fellow at the Notre Dame University (2002-2003), and a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow at the IHRC at the University of Minnesota (2007-2008), Visegrad Fellow at the Central European University, Open Society Archives in Budapest (2010). She taught at State University of New York (Buffalo, 2012-2013) and gave guest lectures at the University of Primorska, Koper (Slovenia). Her scholarly interests include: the Cold War; the United States after World War II; U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations; media system in the United States; U.S. policy towards the countries of East Central Europe; political activity of refugees from East Central Europe in the United States after World War II; political emigration from East Central Europe in 1945-1989.

She has published two books related to the American response to elections in Poland (1947,1989): Dyplomacja Stanów Zjednoczonych wobec wyborów w Polsce w latach 1947 i 1989, Neriton, Warszawa 2007; Prasa amerykańska wobec wyborów w Polsce w latach 1947 i 1989, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, Gdańsk 2009. She edited a two-volume publication: East Central Europe in Exile, vol. 1: Transatlantic Migrations and vol. 2: Transatlantic Identities (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) which won the Oskar Halecki Prize bestowed by the Polish American Historical Association (2015). The most recent volume edited by her has just been printed as part of the series: Od exsilli do exile. Migracje przymusowe w perspektywie historycznej, Studia Historica Gedanensia, Vol.5 (Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, 2014). Member of a number of Polish and foreign scholarly associations, Mazurkiewicz is the First Vice-President of the Polish American Historical Association. She is the recipient of a few awards including: The National Centre for Culture’s award for best doctoral dissertation in history (2007) and Swastek Award for best article printed in the scholarly journal Polish American Studies in 2012, Krzysztof Celestyn Mrongowiusz University of Gdańsk Distinction for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and the Medal of the Commission of National Education (2014). Since 2006 she has been working on the Assembly of Captive European Nations (ACEN) in the context of American foreign policy during the Cold War.

Dr. Anna Muller
First Vice President

Anna Muller holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. She works as an assistant professor at UM-Dearborn (endowed chair in Polish history). Prior to that she worked for two years at the University of Florida in Gainesville at the Center for European Studies. Her most recent publications include: “Polish Solidarity’s Heroine - Anna Walentynowicz– an exercise in memory studies,” published in Rocznik Antropologii Historii, Winter 2015 and “A More Manly Man.... Masculinities, Body, and Fatherhood in the 1980s Polish Political Prisoners’ Correspondence” forthcoming in a volume on gender in Eastern Europe as part of 'Gender and History' series within Palgrave Macmillan. She has two books under contract: My Body and My Cell – A collection of oral history interviews with female political prisoners from Eastern Europe (under review with the Institute of National Remembrance, Poland) and If the Walls Could Talk: Women Political Prisoners in Stalinist Poland, 1945-1956, (under review with Oxford University Press). Her research interests include modern Polish and Eastern European history, gender, oral history, memory studies, and cultural history.

She has taught on Polish history, Russian Revolution, history of Central Europe, and the history of European women. From 2010 to 2012, she worked as a curator for the Museum of the Second War in Gdańsk, Poland (scheduled to open in 2016), where she co-curated exhibitions on concentration camps and the Holocaust. In 2011, she curated an exhibition at The Harn Art Museum (University of Florida) titled “A Study in Gender Roles: he, she, me” on questions around contemporary femininity and masculinity in Eastern Europe. At the moment she is involved in an oral history project in Hamtramck, MI, which involves oral histories and photos. It is financed by the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There will be two exhibitions—the first opens on November 12 in Hamtramck and the second on December 7 in Gdynia.  She has led two study abroad trips to Poland. In 2011, she took University of Florida students for a three-week tour. Last summer, she took University of Michigan students for a four-week tour to Krakow, Zakopane, Lublin, Łódz, Warsaw, and Gdańsk. During the tour she taught a class titled: Memory and Oblivion in Polish History. 

 Dr. Iwona Drąg Korga, 
Second Vice President

Born in Poland, came to New York in 1991 after graduating in MA in History from Pedagogical University of Krakow. From 1994 associated with the Pilsudski Institute of America, a research center for East-Central Europe, first as a volunteer, than from 1998 part time librarian, assistant to the President and since 2005 Executive Director. From 1996-2001 she served as a teacher and volunteer in  the Polish Saturday School in Maspeth, NY In 2004 she received her Ph.D. from Pedagogical University  of Krakow. Dr. Korga specializes in Polish-American relations during World War II, especially in propaganda and information policies. She takes part in international conferences, as well as gives lectures on Polish history for children, high school students and college students. In 2008 she graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with a Masters of Library Science degree. She wrote many articles for Polish-American newspapers and periodicals in Poland and USA; she is the author of the book: Poland Fights! Propaganda Activities of the Polish Government in Exile towards American Society 1939-1945 (2011). Dr. Korga is the recipient of the scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in NY and Polonia Aid Foundation Trust in London. She is active in professional organizations: the Pilsudski Institute, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Polish American Historical Association.

Dr. Jim Pula,  Treasurer

James S. Pula is Professor of History at Purdue University North Central. The author and editor of more than a dozen books on the Polish diaspora and the American Civil War, he served as editor-in-chief of The Polish American Encyclopedia and was the editor of the academic journal Polish American Studies for some 33 years. He has for many years been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America. His work has been honored with the Mieczysław Haiman Award for sustained scholarly contributions (1988), the Distinguished Service Award from the American Council for Polish Culture, and three Oskar Halecki Prizes for: The Polish American Encyclopedia (Editor, 2011), Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community (1995), and United We Stand: The Role of Polish Workers in the New Mills Textile Strikes , 1912 and 1916, co-authored with Eugene E. Dziedzic (1991). He is the recipient of the Rudewicz Medal, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2014).

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, 
Secretary and Communications Director  

Maja Trochimczyk is a Californian poet, scholar, translator, photographer, and non-profit director from Poland. She studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, Poland (M.A. 1986) and sound engineering at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (M.A. 1987). In 1988 she emigrated to Canada and in 1994 she earned her Ph.D. in musicology from McGill University in Montreal. She held Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1994-1996),and the American Council of Learned Societies (2001-2002). She published six books of music studies, including: Frederic Chopin: A Reserch and Information Guide (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with William Smialek), Lutoslawski: Music and Legacy (Polish Institute of Art and Sciences in Canada, 2014, co-edited with Stanislaw Latek), and Polish Dance in Southern California (East European Monographs, Columbia University Press, 2008). Her articles appeared in American Music, Contemporary Music Review, Musical Quarterly, Computer Music Journal, Muzyka, Studia Musicologica, Leonardo, Polish American Studies, Polish Review, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II (Macmillan), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (G.K. Hall), Lutoslawski Studies (Oxford University Press), and The Age of Chopin (Indiana University Press). Her musicology work was translated into Polish, German, French, Swedish, Chinese and Japanese.

She published five books of poetry (Rose Always - A Court Love Story, rev. 2011; Miriam's Iris, or Angels in the Garden, 2008, both from Moonrise Press; Slicing the Bread, Finishing Line Press 2014), Into Light, and The Rainy Bread (Moonrise Press, 2016). She also edited two poetry anthologies: Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012) and published poetry and photographs in numerous journals. Dr. Trochimczyk is a recipient of PAHA's Creative Arts Prize (2016), Distinguished Service Award (2014), and the 2007 Swastek Prize for her article about Polish folk dance groups in Southern California. In 2012 she was presented with a medal for the promotion of Polish culture "Zasluzony dla Kultury Polskiej" from the Minister of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Poland and received numerous city and county honors celebrating her 15 years of volunteering for the Polish-American community.

Dr. Pien Versteegh, 
Executive Director 

Pien Versteegh has written her thesis on Polish miners in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands studying their position on the labor market and in the society in the period of 1920-1930. Her postdoctoral work compares Polish migrants in Germany and the United States focusing on mobility, migrants’ coping strategies, gender, and the second generation. She has received grants from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Dutch Research Council. She has had several positions at Dutch universities and will be Dean of Avans School of International Studies at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands as of March 2015. Her involvement with PAHA has started in 2001 and she is the executive director since 2008. 

Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann,
 Editor of Polish American Studies

PAHA's former President (2007-2009), and first Vice President (2004-2007), a former member of Awards Committee, Associate Editor of the Polish American Encyclopedia (ed. by James Pula), she serves as Editor of Polish American Studies (and was formerly a member of its editorial board). Dr. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann teaches at the Eastern Connecticut State University, continuously rendering excellent service to PAHA. As PAHA board member for many years, she has been instrumental in developing new strategies, alert in PAHA's PR activities. Recipient of many prestigious awards, Dr. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann has devoted her time and her skill to the organization caring for the study and promotion of the Polish- American history and culture with visible, positive results. PAHA recognized her efforts with the following awards and prizes: Distinguished Service Award (2013), Miecislaus Haiman Award (2011), Oskar Halecki Prize (2004) for The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956; and Swastek Awards  for the best articles published in Polish American Studies: in 2002 ("The Mobilization of American Polonia for the Cause of the Displaced Persons" in Vol. 58, No. 1, Spring 2001) and in 2001 ("The Polish Post-World War II Diaspora: An Agenda for a New Millenium” in Vol. 57, No. 2, Autumn 2000). 



Dr. John Bukowczyk
History, Wayne State University

John Bukowczyk (B.A., Northwestern University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of History at Wayne State University in Detroit. Bukowczyk's publications include And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish Americans (Indian University Press, 1987); A History of the Polish Americans (Transaction, 2008); and, as editor, Polish Americans and Their History: Community, Culture, and Politics (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). Bukowczyk is the editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History and the Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American Studies Series. He also is the recipient of the Gold Cross of Merit of Republic, a number of publication prizes, and several PAHA awards: the Distinguished Service Award (2001); the Miecislaus Haiman Award (1994); the Oskar Halecki Prize (1987) for the best book, And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish- Americans;  and the Swastek Prize (1985) for the best article published in Polish American Studies, "Polish Rural Culture and Immigrant Working Class Formation, 1880-1914" in Vol. 41, No. 2 (Autumn 1984).

Dr. Mieczyslaw B. B. Biskupski
Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University

The Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU, Prof. Biskupski is the author of nine books, numerous journal articles, and a specialist in modern Central Europe. Before his appointment at CCSU, Dr. Biskupski was Professor of History and Graduate Professor of International Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He earned his doctorate at Yale, where he was a student of Piotr Wandycz, and he has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Rochester, served as Fulbright Research Professor at the University of Warsaw, and, in 1997, he was a Fellow of the Central European University of Budapest. Bolek is the recipient of many academic and national awards, including the Honor Roll of Polish Science by the Polish Ministry of Education and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, and a past president of PAHA. Since 2013, Prof. Biskupski has served as the President of PIASA. 

His books include: The United States and the rebirth of Poland, 1914-1918 (Yale University Press, 1981); American Polonia and the resurrection of independent Poland, 1914-1918 (Polish Studies Program, Central Connecticut State University, 1989); Re-creating Central Europe: the United States "inquiry" into the future of Poland in 1918 (Simon Fraser University Press, 1990); Poland and Europe: historical dimensions (Columbia Univ. Press, 1993); The history of Poland (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000), and Hollywood’s War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Knoxville: University of Kentucky Press, 2010; winner of the Halecki Prize). He has also shared editorial credits with other eminent scholars; with James S. Pula he co-edited the Polish democratic thought from the Renaissance to the great emigration: essays and documents (East European Monographs, 1990); with Piotr Wandycz he edited Ideology, politics, and diplomacy in East Central Europe (University Rochester Press, 2003); and with Antony Polonsky he co-edited a special issue of Polin, vol. 19, Polish-Jewish relations in North America (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007).

Dr. Mary Patrice Erdmans 
Sociology, Case Western University

Mary Patrice Erdmans received her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 1992. Her areas of interest include immigration and ethnicity (with research on Poles and Polish Americans), the intersection of gender, class, and race (with research on Polish immigrant home health care workers, Polish American working-class women, adolescent mothers, and, currently, aged auto workers), and narrative research methods (e.g., life stories and oral histories). Her research has been published as book-length manuscripts -- On Becoming A Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy with Tim Black, (University of California Press, 2015); The Grasinski Girls: The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made  (Ohio University Press, 2004); and Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in Chicago, 1976-1990 (Penn State Press, 1998). Her articles have appeared in The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of American Ethnic History, Sociological Inquiry, Qualitative Health Research, Polish American Studies, Humanity and Society, and North American Review.

Dr. Czeslaw Karkowski

Czeslaw Karkowski, Ph. D – born in Wroclaw, Poland, received his Ph. D. in philosophy from the University of Poznan, Poland. Living in the U.S. since 1986, he worked for "Nowy Dziennik" (Polish-language newspaper based in New York City) for more than 20 years  Since 1995, Dr. Karkowski has taught at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, and since 2011 – at Hunter College, New York. He published seven scholarly books : Bruno Schulz i krytyka inteligencji /Bruno Schulz and the Critique of Intelligentsia (Wroclaw: Ossolineum, 1980); Neo-Kantyzm. Wybór tekstów /Neo-Kantianism. Selected articles (The Wroclaw University Press, 1982); Boleslaw Wierzbianski. Wybor pism / Boleslaw Wierzbianski. Selected papers  (Nowy Jork-Opole, 2007). Ze wszystkich śmiertelnych najokrutniejsi. Iliada dzis /The Cruellest From All Mortals. The Iliad Today (Wroclaw: DSWE, 2007); Iliada współczesna (New York 2013);  Iliada na nowo opowiedziana (New York, 2014);   Ethics and the Family (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2015). He also wrote two novels: Drugi w sztuce (Torun: Adam Marszalek, 2006) and Kamienna drabina (Lublin: Norbertinum, 2007). Other works include translations of Richart Rorty, Andrew Nagorski and Walt Whitman (into Polish), as well as chapters in volumes of collected studies  on various topics from sociology philosophy and political sciences to journalism and literature.

Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka (Past President)
English, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

Grazyna J. Kozaczka received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is a Professor of English at Cazenovia College and the director of the All-College Honors Program. Her book–length publications include William Dean Howells and John Cheever: Their Views on the Failing of the American Dream (Universitas, Krakow, Poland) and Old World Stitchery (Chilton Book Co. Radnor, PA). Among her research interests are American ethnic literature, women’s literature, literature of the Holocaust as well as traditional Polish folk dress and adornment. She has published scholarly essays as well as short fiction. 

Dr. Stephen Leahy
Center for Global Studies, Shantou University, China

Stephen M. Leahy is an Associate Professor of History in the Center for Global Studies at Shantou University. He has written on Polish Americans in Milwaukee. He won the Halecki Award for his biography of Clement J. Zablocki in 2002. He is currently writing a book about Polish Americans and Civil Rights in Milwaukee from 1958 to 1968.

Bozena Nowicka McLees
Polish Studies Program, Loyola University of Chicago

Ms. Bożena Nowicka McLees was born in Warsaw, and came to Chicago in 1975. She holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Polish Language and Literature. She taught Polish at University of Illinois in 1980-1986, at Loyola University  in 1986-1991 and since 2005 in the present position.  She organized many conferences on Polish and Polish-American culture; and is a recipient of the Skalny Civic Achievement Award (2011). She is currently the Director of Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at Loyola University Chicago, and is also Polish language and literature instructor. She co-founded the Polish Studies Program at Loyola in 2007 and developed its curriculum over the past ten years. The program has grown to offer 12 courses that enroll over 200 students each semester, taught by six accomplished scholars specializing in various fields of knowledge about Poland. 

Ms. McLees has focused on connecting the evolving academic programs in Poland with the existing network of schools and organizations in Chicago to promote interest and understanding of Polish culture, as well as the maintenance of heritage language skills. Ms. McLees has organized three academic conferences at Loyola, the Chopin & Paderewski Conference in 2010, the Jan Karski Conference in 2014, and ‘The Poles’ section of the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference in 2015. Her most notable publications include Language Diversity in the USA; Polish in the USA Cambridge University Press, 2010; and a translation of “Five Poems from Vade-Mecum” by Cyprian Kamil Norwid, The Polish Review, vol. XXVIII.

Dr. Dominic Pacyga  
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences
Columbia College, Chicago

Dominic A. Pacyga received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He has authored, or co-authored, six books concerning Chicago’s history, including his latest book Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made (2015), Chicago: A Biography (2009), Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago (1991, 2001), Chicago: City of Neighborhoods with Ellen Skerrett (1986), Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods (1979) with Glen Holt, Chicago’s Southeast Side (1998) with Rod Sellers.  He has lectured widely on topics ranging from urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations, and has appeared in both the local and national media. Pacyga has been a member of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College/Chicago since 1984. He has also worked with various museums including the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects. Pacyga has also worked with numerous neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. He and Charles Shanabruch are co-editors of The Chicago Bungalow (2001). Pacyga has won the Oscar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association for his book, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and the Catholic Book Award for Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. In 2014 he was awarded the Miecislaus Haiman Award by the Polish American Historical Association for his contribution to Polonia Studies. In 1999 and 2011 he received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pacyga has been a Visiting Professor at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford University. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant and taught in the Institute for American Studies and the Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland during the 2013-2014 academic year. Pacyga is currently working on a study of Polish Chicago under contract to the University of Chicago Press. 

Dr. Neal Pease
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Neal Pease is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is a past president of the Polish American Historical Association, and a member of the editorial board of its journal Polish American Studies.  He has received the PAHA Haiman and Swastek prizes.  He serves as editor in chief of The Polish Review. He wrote a prize-winning book on the Roman Catholic Church in interwar Poland: Rome's Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914-1939 (Ohio University Press, 2009). 

Dr. Dorota Praszalowicz
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Dr. Praszalowicz is based at Jagiellonian University and has published books and articles on Polish emigres in America: Stosunki polsko-niemieckie na obczyznie: Polscy i niemieccy imigranci w Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) 1860-1920 (1999), Agnieszka Malek / Dorota Praszalowicz (eds.): Between the Old and the New World. Studies in the History of Overseas Migrations (= Migration - Ethnicity - Nation: Cracow Studies in Culture, Society and Politics; Vol. 1), Bern / Frankfurt a.M. [u.a.]: Peter Lang 2012,.  She organizes biennial workshops on immigration studies at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 

Robert Synakowski after receiving his Skalny Award with Prof. Neal Pease, 
Dr. Ewa Barczyk, Prof. Grazyna Kozaczka, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk and 
Dr. Stanley Kozaczka. Washington, D.C., January 6, 2018

Robert Synakowski

Robert Synakowski, of Syracuse, New York, a teacher of English Language Learners in the Syracuse City Schools, is active in Polonia as President of the Syracuse Polish Community, Inc., a Board Member of the Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc., President of the Heritage Society and Vice President of the American Council for Polish Culture. He has received degrees from Westminster Choir College and Le Moyne College and has studied at the Jagiellonian University and taught English in Poland for several years. He is a church organist at two Syracuse churches and he is actively researching the history of Syracuse Polonia and travels frequently to Poland. He is the recipient of PAHA's 2017 Skalny Civic Achievement Award. 
Dr. Joanna Wojdon
Institute of History, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Joanna Wojdon is an Associate Professor at the Department of Methodology of Teaching History and Civic Education at the Institute of History of the University of Wrocław, Poland. She is also a Fulbright alumna, a board member of the International Society for History Didactics and managing editor of its Yearbook, and a co-author of the first history e-textbook in Poland. As a former student of computer science at the University of Wroclaw, she has always shown interest in integrating information technology into the process of teaching and learning history. Other areas of her interest include political and propaganda influence on education, especially in Poland under communism, and the history of the Polish Americans after World War II. Her most recent publications include “The System of Textbook Approval in Poland under Communist Rule (1944–1989) as a Tool of Power of the Regime” in Paedagogica Historica (2015) and a monograph on the Polish American Congress in the Cold War era, White and Red Umbrella (2015). This monograph received PAHA's 2017 Oskar Halecki Prize and Dr. Wojdon was also honored with the Mecislaus Haiman Award medal for her research of Polish American history. 

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