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(413) 545-0111

Polish Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Institution

The University of Massachusetts is a five-campus state university, with its major (and until 1965, only) campus in Amherst, some 90 miles West of Boston. The University was established in 1863 as Massachusetts Agricultural College, becoming Massachusetts State College in 1931 and the University of Massachusetts in 1947.

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1,400-acre campus is located in the historic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting. The University is one of the founding members of the Five College Consortium, offering reciprocal student access among the University and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.

The University has ten schools, colleges and faculties and offers Associate degrees in six areas, bachelor's degrees in 90 areas, and the doctorate in over 50. There are currently nearly 1,300 faculty members teaching nearly 18,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students. The student body includes over 1,600 foreign students.

Language Instruction Courses

Polish 110/ Polish 120 Elementary Polish I / II @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Develops basic fluency in speaking, writing and reading.
Polish 230/ Polish 240 Intermediate Polish I / II @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Increases basic fluency in speaking, writing and reading.

Poland-Related Courses

Marketing 764 International Marketing Management @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Impact of political, social, economic and cultural forces of divergent societies upon managerial decision-making process in international marketing operations. Problems associated with design of marketing strategy.
Political Science 635 Government and Politics in East Central Europe @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Survey of the ethnic, religious, and historical infrastructure of East Central Europe; focus on the character of the regimes, Communist Pary rule, the divergencies between the various states of the area, their relations with Russia and the changes of 1989 and later, particularly the politics of democritization, maketization, and nationalism. States included are: Poland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia-Montenegro and Macedonia.
Comparative Literature 791 Seminar: Comparative Directors @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The cinematic culture of contemporary Eastern Europe; emphasis on feature and documentary filmmakers from the former Soviet Union, Hungary, Poland, and the former East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. Differences in theoretical, ideological, and cultural practices between East and West; intersections of history and autobiography; cinematic uses of literature by Eastern bloc artists; the visual inscription of memory, loss, and national identity; issues of gender, love, and sexuality; a comparative treatment of strategies for examining the past.


Brashear, Thomas G. - Assistant Professor, Marketing Department, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., Georgia State University 1998
Phone: 413-545-5666 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: His research currently focuses on sales management, international sales force development, research methodology, and business-to-business marketing.
  • International Marketing Management (Marketing 764) . Case studies on "Sony in Poland," and "Case: Harlequin Romances: Poland"
  • "A Test of Ad Appeal Effectiveness in Poland and the U.S.: The Interplay of Appeal, Product and Culture," with E. Lepowska-White and M.G. Weinberger, Journal of Advertising, 2003, 32, 3, 57-68.
Demerath, Nicholas Jay, III. - Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @ @
Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley) 1964
Phone: (413) 545-4068 / Fax: (413) 545-3204/ E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Culture-Religion, Organizations-Movements, Politics, Theory
  • Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics, New Brunswick, Rutgers Univ. Press, 2001
Radosh, Stanley R. - Slavic Bibliographer, Coordinator of Collection Development, DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Phone: 413-545-0058 / E-Mail:
  • Introduction to the Polish People
Rothstein, Robert A. - Professor of Slavic & Judaic Studies and of Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., Harvard, 1967
Phone: 413-545-0929 / E-Mail:
Secretary-Treasurer of the American Committee of Slavists
American Contact for XII Quinquennial International Congress of Slavists to take place in Krakow on August 26-September 3, 1998
MAJOR INTERESTS:Slavic linguistics; also a long-standing interest in folklore.
  • The Polish Verb, preliminary edition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Slavic Department, 1970. 66 pp.
  • Polish Scholarly Prose: A Social Sciences and Humanities Reader. Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1981. xii, 226 pp. [with Halina Rothstein];
  • Hucpa and the Klezmer, or What Yiddish Gave to Polish. Int. J. Slav. Linguist. & Poetics 25-6 (1982)
  • "Spelling and Society: the Polish Orthographic Controversy of the 1930's," in Papers in Slavic Philology 1, ed. Benjamin A. Stolz (Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1977), pp. 225-36.
  • "Gender and Reference in Polish and Russian," in Morphosyntax in Slavic, ed. Richard D. Brecht and Catherine V. Chvany (Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1980), pp. 79-97.
  • "Kultura jezyka in 20th-Century Poland and Her Neighbors," Slavic Linguistics and Language Teaching – Selected Papers from the International Slavic Conference, Banff '74, ed. Thomas F. Magner (Cambridge, MA: Slavica, 1977), pp. 58-81.
  • "Relevancy Marking in Polish Complements," Slavic Transformational Syntax, ed. Richard D. Brecht and Catherine V. Chvany (Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Materials, 1974), pp. 53-65.
  • "Spelling and Society: the Polish Orthographic Controversy of the 1930's," Papers in Slavic Philology 1, ed. Benjamin A. Stolz (Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1977), pp. 225-36.
  • "Polish," The Slavonic Languages, ed. Bernard Comrie and Greville G. Corbett (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 686-758.
  • "Undesirable Ambiguity and the Polish Comparative," Studies in Polish Morphology and Syntax, ed. Gerd Hentschel and Roman Laskowski (Munich: Otto Sagner, 1993), pp. 163-66.
  • "The Kazan' School of Polish Linguistics and Its Place in the International Development of Phonology," by Roman Jakobson, in his Selected Writings 2 (The Hague: Mouton, 1971), pp. 394-428 [translated from the Polish original (1960)].
  • "The Polish Language," by Stanislaw Westfal, (Rome, 1966), in Slavic and East European Journal 14 (1970), 227-28.
  • "A Concise Grammar of Polish," by Oscar Swan, (Washington, DC, 1978), in SEEJ 23 (1979), 310-12.
  • "Colloquial Polish," by B. W. Mazur, (London, 1983), in The Modern Language Journal 69 (1985), 193-94.
Weinberger, Marc G. - Professor of Marketing, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1976
Phone: (413) 545-5674 / Fax: (413) 545-3858 / E-Mail: MARCW@MKTG.UMASS.EDU
MAJOR INTERESTS: Communication, the marketplace, market share, brand value and company valuation.
  • With Charles Gulas and Karen Pappas, ¡°The Impact of Perceived Humor on Ad Performance,¡± Journal of Current Issues in Research in Advertising, 26 (1) Spring 2004.
  • "A Test of Ad Appeal Effectiveness in Poland and the U.S.: The Interplay of Appeal, Product and Culture," with E. Lepowska-White and M.G. Weinberger, Journal of Advertising, 2003, 32, 3, 57-68.

META-FACULTY - Faculty who have studied and/or taught at Polish institutions of higher education

Caswell, Julie A. - Professor of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 1984
Phone: (413)-545-5735 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: The operation of domestic and international food systems; evaluation of the effects of government policy. The economics of food quality, especially the quality attributes of safety and nutrition.
  • The Regulation of Business Practices in a Market Economy, the 1994 Polish-American Summer School in Economics, Pozna?
Lacey,Nelson J. - Chair, Finance & Operations Management Department, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 1985.
Phone: 413-545-5630 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Investments and corporate finance.
  • Jagiellonian University Adjunct Professor involved in establishing the Jagiellonian Business School
  • Coordinator of a 1995 Jagiellonian University Faculty Development Workshop on The Current State of Management Education in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • The Evolution Of Stock Trading in Poland, (N.J Lacey, M. Dey) Working Paper (CISDM/SOM, University of Massachusetts, 1996).
  • U.S. Banking Regulations: Lessons For Central and Eastern Europe, Competitive Banking in Central and Eastern Europe (Nelson Lacey) (1995), The Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow, Poland.
  • First Tests of Market Efficiency in Poland, Fiscal Reforms in Post-Communist Countries, (Nelson Lacey) (1994), Krakow Academy of Economics Press, Krakow, Poland.
Morzuch, Bernard, J. - Professor, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1977
Phone: (413) 545-5718 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
  • Managerial economics and forecasting methods for assistant professors in economics at the Polish-American Summer School in Economics near Poznan on 1995, 1999, and 2000.
Willis, Cleve E. - Professor of Resource Economics, Dean of College of Food and Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts/Amherst @
Ph.D., University of California 1972
Phone: (413) 545-5708 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Environmental economics and environmental policies that encourage voluntary cooperation by firms and individuals. Issues in research methodology.
  • Poznan, Summers of 1993 and 1994 : three-week short courses on geographical information systems and econometric research methodology

Study Abroad

  • Adam Mickiewicz University Program @

    Adam Mickiewicz University is one of Poland's leading universities. This program, organized by AMU's Institute of English, includes an intensive course in the Polish language and lectures and seminars in Polish literature, history and culture, economics, politics, and society. Instruction is in English except, of course, for the Polish language course. This program is open to all students but students with GPA over 2.5 and prior knowledge of Polish are preffered.

Poland-Related Resources

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library -Polish Collection@

    The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Library acts as the depository for Massachusetts Polish-American documentation, thus Polish church histories and anniversary catalogs (from 1906 to 1988), records of immigrant fraternal organizations, personal documents of Polish families, old photos, postcards with personal comments to friends and family members, newspaper clippings, memoirs, diaries, audiotapes, and so on. Also, records of a number of prominent manufacturing firms which contain information about the many immigrant Poles these firms employed at the turn of the twentieth century. In soliciting these material, the Department seeks to build a historical file on the Poles of Massachusetts which depicts their social, cultural, and economic development from their earliest presence to the present. For further information, contact the Archivist (413-545-2780).

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library -Manuscript Collection@

    The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Library also act as the depository for manuscripts several of which are related to Poland. Enclosed below is a partial listing of those manuscripts
    • Borkowski, Edward. Diary, 139 pp. written at 99 years of age
    • Krakowiak Polish Dancers, Boston. Materials on the nationally known award winning community dance troupe established in 1937.
    • Lesinski photo collection. Over 200 photos, with commentary, covering the history of the Pioneer Valley family in the years 1910-1923.
    • Obrebski, Jozef. The Polesie papers and photographs of the renown Polish anthropologist. The collection also includes his materials on Jamaica and Macedonia.
    • Polish Architecture and Folk Art Photographs, n.d.
    • Polish Jubilee Catalogs and Souvenirs, 1912-85 (principally western Massachusetts churches)
    • Polish Women's Club of Three Rivers. Records, 1924-94
    • Rowinska, Leokadia. Papers, 1940s-80s (tapes and writings of Polish war veterans, a participant of the Warsaw Uprising).
    • Shaw, Oliver. Original copy of the 1834 music score of Hymn For Poland
    • St. Kazimierz Society. Records for the years 1904-1919


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