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Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-1000

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Polish Studies at Polish Studies at George Mason University

The Institution

The University, whose principal campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, came into being in 1957. With a total of over 28,000 students on its three campuses in the Washington, D.C., area, George Mason University has emerged in the last decade as a major university. The university server lists no courses in Polish Studies as such, though a couple of Poland-related courses are offered. Additionally, a number of the faculty have studied and obtained degrees at Polish universities.

Poland-Related Courses

SOCI 450 The Holocaust @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Seminar examines the Holocaust -- the destruction of European Jewry -- through testimonies of survivors and narratives of historians. Topics include the rise of Nazism; the segregation of Jews in ghettos in Nazi-occupied Poland; Jewish life in the ghettos; the experience of Western European countries under Nazi occupation; labor and concentration camps; Christian rescuers; Jewish resistance; and reflections on the Holocaust today
SOCI 550 The Holocaust @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the destruction of European Jewry in the Holocaust through the eyes of eyewitnesses (in diaries and survivor testimonies) as well as in the narratives of historians. We will trace rise of Nazism in Germany, that country's invasions of Poland and Western Europe, its application of Nazi doctrines, Jewish resistance, Christian rescuers, and the concentration camps. Also examines current debates about the Holocaust, the behavior of participants, and how we explain what happened.


Paczynska, Agnieszka - Assistant Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University @
Research Fellow, Sociology Department, Warsaw School of Economics, 1998-1999
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002
Phone: (703) 993-1364 / Fax: (703) 993-1302 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Economic and political reforms and transformations
  • Market Reforms and Democratic Consolidation: the Case of Poland, American Political Science Association conference in Boston, MA
  • Evaluating Unions, Economic Reforms and the Changing Strategies of Polish Transition, paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference, San Francisco, CA, August 30, 2001
  • History and Economic Reform in Poland, paper presented at the 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Virginia, April 11, 1998
  • Institutional Legacies and Policy Choice: Public Sector Reform in Poland and the Czech Republic, paper presented at the Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 11, 1997
  • The Fading Luster of Capitalist Economy: Myth Confronts Reality, paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies conference, Boston, MA, November 14-18, 1996
  • The Politics of Privatization in Poland, paper presented at the Development and Security Issues in Eastern Europe and the CIS Workshop, Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, November 1, 1996
  • Economic and Political Transformations in Poland, paper presented at the Brookings Institution, Research Assistant Seminar Series, Washington, DC, September 8, 1994
  • Labor and Transition to Democracy in Poland, paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies conference, St. Louis, MO, November 20, 1999
  • "Prison Subculture in Poland," (translation from Polish of an article by Marek Kaminski and Don Gibbons) Crime and Delinquency, January 1994
Weitzman, Lenore J. - Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Sociology and Law, George Mason University @
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970
Phone: (703) 993-2165 / Fax: (703) 993-2175 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Women in the Holocaust, exploration of the Holocaust through survivor testimonies, Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.
  • "Masks for Survival: the Experiences of Jews who Passed in Poland and Germany during the Holocaust" in John Roth (ed.) Remembering For The Future: The Oxford Scholars Conference on the Holocaust, London: MacMillian/Palgrave, 2002
  • "Living on the Aryan Side in Poland: Gender, Passing, and the Nature of Resistance" in D. Ofer and L.J. Weitzman (eds) Women in the Holocaust,Yale, 1999

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

Baraniecki, Anna - Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University @
M.Sc., Warsaw Technical University1970
Ph.D., University of Winsdor, Canada, 1980
Phone: (703) 993-1611 / Fax: (703) 993-1601 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Digital signal processing algorithms, digital filter realizations, spectral analysis, and wavelet transforms
Dworzecka, Maria - Chair and Professor of Physics,George Mason University @
Ph.D., Warsaw University, 1969
Phone: (703) 993-1280 / Fax: (703) 993-1269 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Nuclear Theory, dynamical properties of low energy heavy ion collisions
Gaj, Kris (Krzysztof) - Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University @
Ph.D., Warsaw University of Technology, 1992.
Phone: 993-1575 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Cryptography, Computer Arithmetic, CAD Tools, Testing, Hardware/Software Co-design.
Manitius, Andre (Andrzej) Z. - Professor and Chair ofd Computer Engineering, George Mason University @@
Ph.D., Polytechnical School of Warsaw, 1968
Phone: 993-1569 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: mathematical aspects of control theory, including control of distributed parameter and delay systems, optimal control, optimization, numerical and computational methods in dynamical systems and control systems.
Michalski, Ryszard S. - PRC Professor of Computational Sciences, George Mason University @ @
Ph.D., Silesian University of Technology, 1969
Phone: (703) 993-1558 / Fax: (703) 993-1980 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Inferential theory of learning, Natural induction, Inductive databases and knowledge scouts,

Last updated 09/23/05


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