GSSR faculty members come from its constituent institutes and also include scholars from higher education institutions in Poland and abroad.
She is part of a Research Group on Hermeneutic Philosophy, Poststructuralism, and Feminist Thought at IFiS PAN; board member of the Polish Phenomenological Association; author of books: O kobiecie, która nawiedza myśl. Kobieta jako figura inności w koncepcji podmiotu Emmanuela Lévinasa (2007), Przeżywając płeć. Doświadczenie na styku feminizmu, poststrukturalizmu i fenomenologii (2023). Her interests lie primarily in the field of theories of subjectivity, especially from the perspective of feminist philosophy, poststructuralism, and phenomenology.
Mitchell Atkinson teaches the construction of academic and philosophical texts at the undergraduate and graduate levels, helping young researchers read across discursive divisions. He is an instructor and organizer for the gPHEN genetic phenomenology network and works periodically with the Husserl Archive.
His research interests include phenomenology, posthumanism, social theory, African-American studies, writing pedagogy, and musical experience.
In his work, Alterity and the Flint Water Crisis, Atkinson returned to his home city to understand the lived experience of the residents of Flint and the ways in which the crisis has informed their expectations for the future. This required a new analysis of the phenomenology of social invisibility as partially constituting the contemporary exercise of power.
Atkinson is also a writer of fiction and a moderately skilled manipulator of the electric fretted bass guitar. His mandolin refuses to stay in tune.
Alicja Bielak earned her Ph.D. from University of Warsaw in 2019. She is an executive board member of the Society for Emblem Studies, part of the editorial board of “Emblematica: Essays in Word and Image” journal. In 2018-2021, she was a lecturer and research fellow at the Artes Liberales Faculty (University of Warsaw). Since 2020, she is an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she conducts research on students’ notebooks within the ERC Project, “From East to West, and Back Again.” She was a PI of 3 projects: Diamentowy Grant (funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, 2014-2018); Preludium (NCN, 2019-2023) and currently NPRH project “Daniel Naborowski – Poet, Physician, and Diplomat at the Court of the Radziwiłł family (Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education).
Current scientific interests: sociology of work, particularly the popularization of remote work and flexible forms of work, the impact of the pandemic on lifestyle changes, and the digital dimension of qualitative research.
In 2020-2022, he coordinated nationwide longitudinal qualitative research (three waves) devoted to the social implications of the pandemic experience in selected socio-demographic groups. An active member of the Polish and European Sociological Association.
Luisa Brotto is a scholar of Renaissance and Early Modern thought. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Scuola Normale Superiore (2018. Dissertation title: Una filosofia che non prevede resa. La nozione di fides nell’opera di Giordano Bruno / On the notion of fides in the works of Giordano Bruno). In 2019, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in Florence. She is now a NAWA Ulam – Seal of Excellence Fellow based at IFiS PAN. Her current research project (title: Typologies of Political Trust in Renaissance Europe. Teachings and Cultural Activity at the Academy of Zamość) focuses on the history of the concept of trust. The project deals with early 17th-century documents regarding the Academy of Zamość.
Galia Chimiak’s academic interests are in civil society, NGOs, development cooperation and global education. Since 2022, she has been a co-editor-in-chief of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (Springer Nature). Galia has taught at a number of Polish HEIs and Trinity College Dublin. In 2021-2023, she was Convenor of the Civil Society Study Group, Development Studies Association Ireland. She has acted as a reviewer or external examiner for the European Commission, academic journals, Polish and foreign HEIs, and various NGOs.
Agnieszka Cianciara is Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Head of Department of International Organizations and Global Security Studies. In 2016-2020, she was Deputy Director of the Institute. Her research focuses on differentiated (dis)integration in Europe, EU external policies, European policies of Poland and France, as well as gender studies. Her last book “The Politics of the European Neighbourhood Policy” was published by Routledge in 2020. She published in “Journal of European Integration”, “Journal of Contemporary European Studies” and “Turkish Studies”, among others.
Dr Ewa Domaradzka is an assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include psychological wellbeing and its relationship with nature, Nature-Based Solutions, urban mental health, emotion regulation, anxiety, and depression. She is a member of the GSSR Doctoral School Council. At GSSR, she teaches Personality and Individual Differences.
Joshua Dubrow is a PhD from The Ohio State University and a Professor of Sociology at IFiS PAN. He teaches academic writing. His research has been published in Social Forces, World Development, Party Politics, American Behavioral Scientist, Current Sociology, Social Science Quarterly, Quality & Quantity, and elsewhere. He is Editor-in-Chief of Occam’s Press and The Sociology Place. His main research has been on politics and inequality.
A historian of philosophy, he focused on the Western Aristotelian tradition and the teaching of ancient philosophy in Central Europe in the early-modern age. He directed a project on Aristotelian philosophy in Poland in the early 17th century (NPRH 2014-2019). Member of the board of “Odrodzenie i Reformacja w Polsce” and “Archiwum Historii Filozofii i Myśli Społecznej”. Currently collaborating on the project on knowledge transfer in the early modern age directed by V. Lepri (ERC 2021-2025)
Sociologist of culture, Prof. Jarecka conducted academic classes in cultural studies, media sociology, sociology of culture, and sociology of war at universities such as Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Białystok, and the University of Warsaw. Since 1998, she has been affiliated with IFIS PAN, where she heads the Department of Theory of Culture (since 2013). Prof. Jarecka is interested in researching cultural aspects of technology, and has authored numerous articles on sociology of culture.
Dr Su-ming Khoo is Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of Galway, Ireland, and Chair of the Socio-Economic Research Cluster at the Ryan Institute, University of Galway. She is Visiting Professor in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa (2022-2027). She researches, teaches and writes about human development, rights, public goods, public activism, global learning and development education, decoloniality, higher education and transdisciplinarity.
Agnieszka Kościańska received her PhD (2007) and habilitation (2015) in ethnology/cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is an associate professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, sexual violence, religion, and racism. She is the author and (co)editor of several volumes on gender, sexuality, and discrimination, including Odejdź. Rzecz o polskim rasizmie (Go Away: On Polish Racism; with Michał Petryk, 2022, Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej), Zobaczyć łosia (To See a Moose. The History of Polish Sex Education, Czarne, 2017, English edition Berghahn Books, 2021), Płeć, przyjemność i przemoc (Gender, Pleasure and Violence: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland, Warsaw University Press, 2014; English edition Indiana University Press 2021), Potęga ciszy (The Power of Silence, Warsaw University Press, 2009).
Dr. Michal Kotnarowski is a sociologist and political scientist. His research interests include electoral behaviour, international comparative studies, political culture and social research methodology. He has authored and co-authored several books and more than a dozen articles. He published in Party Politics, Acta Politica, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, European Sociological Review, Studia Socjologiczne and Studia Regionalne i Lokalne. Since November 2021, he has been the National Coordinator for Poland of the European Social Survey.
Valentina Lepri is an intellectual historian and an historian of knowledge.
After obtaining a PhD in Florence, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in Germany, at the University of Warsaw, and at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies – Villa i Tatti. She was also awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship and a senior Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute.
Professor Lepri is currently the Principal investigator of the ERC consolidator project KnowStudents.
I am the head of the Center for Psychoanalytic Thought at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Science. I have published several books in Polish and a number of papers in Polish and English. In my work, I focus on the philosophical implications of psychoanalysis, philosophy of literature, as well as on 20th-century Jewish thought.
Piotr Matczak is professor in the Faculty of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. His interests focus on governance and institutional aspects of public policies concerning natural disasters, water management, climate change, and environmental protection. He chaired the Environmental Sociology Section of Polish Sociological Association, is Member of the Board of Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty Research Network of European Sociological Association (2010-13), Member of Editorial Board of Society and Natural Resources and Water journals.
Philosopher of cognitive science, focused on philosophy of science in practice, computational explanation and modeling, artificial intelligence, with a bent on natural language processing. Recently doing digital philosophy of science.
Dr. hab. Krzysztof Niedziałkowski is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. His academic interests include environmental sociology, politics and governance. His research examines the development of environmental institutions over time and their relationship to social controversies over the use of natural resources. His work has been published in journals such as Conservation Biology, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics, Environmental Sociology and Land Use Policy.
Historian specialising in the history of communist Poland, propaganda, oral history, collective bioghraphies (prosopography) and perpetrator studies
I am an anthropologist and sociologist interested in health and disease, medical technologies, and bioethics. Since 2016, I have examined rare (metabolic) diseases in Finland and Poland by attending to the experiences of patients and their caregivers and how they relate to biomedical knowledge production, medical technologies, healthcare policies, and “small” data. My previous research scrutinized blood transfusion refusal in the context of bioidentity, bioethics, and religion among Jehovah’s Witnesses in former East Germany. I published in “Anthropology & Medicine,” “Bioethics,” and “Social Science and Medicine” among others.
Philosopher, editor, and translator, working on political philosophy, history of concepts and genealogy of social sciences. Co-founder and editor of the journal “Praktyka Teoretyczna” (2010-2020) and commissioning editor for philosophy and social sciences at PWN Publishing House (2012-2015). Since 2017 instructor at GSSR, occasionally lecturer at the University of Warsaw and Collegium Civitas. His book on the history and current developments of the contemporary Italian political philosophy was nominated for the Marcin Król Award in 2022.
Matthias Roick is a PASIFIC fellow at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Acadamy of Sciences in Warsaw with a project on “Virtue and Sociability. Teaching Friendship in Early Modern Schools and Universities, 1518-1648”. He is the author of Pontano’s Virtues. Aristotelian Moral and Political Thought in the Renaissance (2017) and the co-editor of two recently published collected volumes, Teaching Ethics in Early Modern Universities, 1500-1700 and Vera Amicitia. Classical Notions of Friendship in Renaissance Thought and Culture.
Three topics that together form the area of my research interests are:
– the place of historical narratives and collective memory in shaping contemporary collective identities (memory policy),
– the idea of the nation, the ideology of nationalism, and their functioning in politics,
– ways of development of Central and Eastern European nation states since 1989-91, including Ukraine, other countries of the former Russian Empire/USSR, and Western Balkan countries.
Professor of sociology of IFiS PAN and director of the Graduate School for Social Research, GSSR (gssr.edu.pl). Irina is PI of the project “Structures and Futures: The Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN 1988-2023” (polpan.org), funded by Poland’s National Science Centre (2022/45/B/HS6/04090), and co-PI of the SDR Project on ex-post harmonization of cross-national survey data, funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF# 1738502, https://wp.asc.ohio-state.edu/dataharmonization/). She also co-directs the Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program (CONSIRT, https://consirt.osu.edu/) of OSU and PAN.
Political scientist, historian. Assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies Polish Academy of Sciences, head of Department of Central and Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet Research. Deputy Director of the Warsaw Rising Museum (2004-2014 and since 2016). 2014-2016 vice-president of the Institute of National Remembrance, 2011-2017 and since 2021 Member of the Executive Board of the Platform of European Remembrance and Conscience (PEMC), 2019-2021 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PEMC. Lecturer in Collegium Civitas university (2002-2014) and Graduate School for Social Research (since 2020).
Dr. Anastas Vangeli, a GSSR graduate, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, focusing on Global China and its ideational impact abroad, Europe-China relations, economic nationalism, and non-market strategy in the age of global uncertainty. Anastas is also a Research Fellow at the EU*Asia Institute at the ESSCA School of Management, Angers and Shanghai, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Torino World Affairs Institute. He has been affiliated with CONSIRT (consirt.osu.edu).
Szymon Wróbel is a full professor of philosophy at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous books and articles published in various scientific journals. Together with Krzysztof Skonieczny, he is co-editor of three books – “Atheism Revisited. Rethinking Modernity and Inventing New Modes of Life” (Palgrave Macmillan 2020), “Living and Thinking in the Post-Digital World” (Universitas 2021), and “Regimes of Capital in the Postdigital Age” (Routledge, forthcoming). Currently, he is the head of the experimental Laboratory of Techno-Humanities at the Faculty of Artes Liberales, where for several years he has been carrying out the “Technology and Socialization” project. Technology and Socialization – Techno-Humanities Lab Research Project (uw.edu.pl)
Ilona Wysmulek is an Assistant Professor at IFIS PAN and a sociologist specializing in research on corruption, meritocracy, survey data harmonization, and comparative analysis. She has been a lecturer at GSSR since 2019, where she co-teaches a compulsory course on Empirical Research in the Social Sciences covering research design, implementation, and write-up. Ilona is also involved in the GSSR Doctoral School IFIS PAN as an Advisory Board member and coordinates the GSSR Study Group for Ukraine Program.
Employed at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Section on Europe (Zakład Europeistyki)
Research interests: Islands and divided territories (special territories), small countries (Western Europe), countries of the Dutch-speaking area (political systems and political history).
Statutory task for 2021–2024: “The Colonial Heritage of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Netherlands Antilles after the political reform in 2010”.
Latest publication: Antyle Holenderskie. Słoneczna strona Królestwa Niderlandów, Europa w skali mikro, nr 3, ISP PAN, Warszawa 2022, pp. 840.