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Jakub Tyszkiewicz, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow, 2019-2020

Dr. Jakub Tyszkiewicz was the 2019-2020 Senior Research Fellow in Polish Studies and a Professor of History at the University of Wrocław in Poland. A recipient of numerous distinguished grants and awards—including the Fulbright Slavic Award, the Polish Chair Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and grants from the Amesbury Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the NATO Foundation. His most recent book, Crushing the Monolith: U.S. policy towards Poland 1945-1988, relied on extensive research in recently declassified American and Polish archives, and was recognized in 2016 as the best historical book in Poland.

At VOC Dr. Tyszkiewicz researched U.S. policy toward the Catholic Church in Poland during the period of 1945-1989, and coordinated the VOC Polish Studies virtual conference in Washington, D.C. Conference participants were from leading American, Polish, and European institutions, including the University of Indiana, City University of New York, the Institute of Political Sciences, the University of Wrocław, the Committee of National Remembrance, and the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. The conference proceedings were edited by Dr. Tyszkiewicz and was published as a volume of essays under the title From the Helsinki Accords to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Beyond: Human Rights and Political Dissent in Central Europe. More information on the conference is available below. Dr. Tyszkiewicz also participated and led the lecture at the annual VOC National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators and attended the VOC Polish Studies Conference Toward Freedom: Celebrating Central and Eastern European Independence in 2019 in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Tyszkiewicz’s book is available for pre-order here.