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Polish Studies at New York University

The Institution

The University includes thirteen schools, colleges, and divisions at five major centers in Manhattan. The center of the University is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. Beyond the Village, New York City becomes an extension of the University's campus. Enrollment in the undergraduate divisions ranges between 44 and 5,400. More than 2,500 courses are offered, leading to more than 25 different degrees.

The University operates branch campus programs in Westchester County at Manhattanville College and in Rockland County at Dominican College. Certain of the University's research facilities, notably the Institute of Environmental Medicine, are located in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. Each division is small- to moderate-sized with its own traditions, programs, and faculty.

Polish Language Instruction

The University does not offer any Polish Language Instruction, however students can cross-register for Elementary and Intermediate Polish at Columbia University

Poland-Related Courses

Russian and Slavic Studies V91.0813 Slavic Civilization Part I: General Issues--The West Slavs @
Fall, 1998
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory survey of Slavic civilization that examines the fundamental linguistic and cultural issues of Slavic prehistory, including linguistic divergence and the impact of the Eastern and Western traditions on religion and culture. Also covers the major cultural currents and socioeconomic and political issues of the historical period of the West Slavic area--the territories of contemporary Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia--from the late 9th century through the end of World War II.
Hebrew and Judaic Studies G78.3535 Topics in East European Jewish History @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Exploration of a selected problem in the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe, emphasizing primarily, but not necessarily limited to, Russia and Poland.
Politics V53.0844 Games, Strategy, and Politics @
Spring, 1998
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce basic concepts of formal political theory and to survey their political applications. Though no mathematical background beyond high school math is assumed for this course, we will proceed in a quite rigorous way. If you are not comfortable with basic mathematics, elementary deduction, and high school algebra, you should seriously consider completing a pre-calculus class before registering for this course
COURSE POLISH CONTENT: Section of course dealing with revolutions focuses on electoral bargaining that took place in Poland between the Communist Government and the Solidarity movement in 1989.

Politics G53.2580/V53.0522 East European Government and Politics @
Spring and Summer,1999
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Historical and institutional survey of east central Europe, focusing on developments from Versailles to the present; strategies of political opposition under state socialism; transition to post-communist society in the region.

Politics G53.2564 Comparative Urban Politics and Policy@
Spring and Summer,1999
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A cross-cultural and cross-systemic analysis of urban politics in three major systems: American (New York), East European (Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow), and West European (London, Paris).


Gross, Jan Professor of Politics, Associate Chair Center for European Studies @ @
B.A., Warsaw University 1969 Ph. D. Yale, 1975
Phone: 212 998-8512 / fax: 212 995-4184 / E-mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Comparative politics; totalitarian and authoritarian regimes; Soviet and East European politics.
  • Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.
  • W czterdziestym nas matko na Sybir zeslali... (with Irena Grudzinska -Gross). London: Aneks, 1984; Warsaw: Res Publica, 1990.
  • The Land and People of Poland 1990.
  • Revolution from Abroad: Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988.
  • Jadwiga Staniszkis' Poland's Self-Limiting Revolution, Jan T. Gross, ed., Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984
  • War Through Children's Eyes (with Irena Grudzinska-Gross). Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1981. Paperback edition, 1985
  • Polish Society Under German Occupation - Generalgouvernement, 1939-1944. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Kaminski, Marek Assistant Professor of Politics @
MA, Warsaw University, 1988
Ph.D., Maryland, 1996
Phone: 212 998-8504/ E-mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Mathematical methods in the social sciences; Eastern-Central European politics; methodology of social sciences, political history of the Communist Bloc.
  • Prison Subculture in Poland, by Marek M. Kaminski and Don C. Gibbons. Crime and Delinquency 1994, 40, (1):105-19.
  • The 'Revival of Communism' or the Effect of Institutions? The 1993 Polish Parliamentary Elections, by Marek M. Kaminski, Grzegorz Lissowski, and Piotr Swistak. Public Choice, forthcoming.

Przeworski, Adam Professor, Politics @ @ @
M.A. 1961, Warsaw
Ph.D. 1966, Northwestern
Phone: 212 998 -3707 / fax: 212 995 -4184 / E-mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Political economy, methods of cross-national research, democratic theory.
  • Sustainable Democracy, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995). Editor of joint report of twenty-one social scientists who collaborated over two years under the name of the Group on East-South Systems Transformations (ESST). The report identifies the principal political and economic choices confronting new democracies in Southern and Eastern Europe and South America.

Engel, David Professor Hebrew and Judaic Studies @
B.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1979, California (Los Angeles)
Phone: 212 998-8974 / fax: 212 995-4178 / E-mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: History of the Jews in Eastern Europe, Holocaust, Zionism and Israel.
  • Between Liberation and Flight: Holocaust Survivors in Poland and the Struggle for Leadership, 1944-1946, in Hebrew. Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers. 1996.
  • Facing a Holocaust: The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Jews, 1943-1945. University of North Carolina Press. 1993.
  • In the Shadow of Auschwitz: The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Jews, 1939-1942, University of North Carolina Press. 1987.


Ordover , Janusz A. Professor Economics @
B.A., Warsaw University, 1966
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1973
Phone: (212) 998-8956 / fax: (212) 995-3932 / E-mail: :
MAJOR INTERESTS: Antibodies in rheumatoid arthritis.
Szer, Wlodzimierz Professor Biochemistry @
Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 1960
MAJOR INTERESTS: Antibodies in rheumatoid arthritis.

Study Abroad

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers summer study abroad graduate course opportunities in Krakow. For additional information, telephone the Office of Summer Sessions at (212) 998-8170.

Poland-Related Resources

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