Justyna Beinek

Assistant Director, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 320E
University of Kansas


We are excited to have Justyna Beinek, Ph.D. joining us as the Assistant Director and Undergraduate Advisor at the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  Before coming to KU, she taught at Sewanee University, Harvard University, New York University, the University of Toronto, and most recently in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, where she also directed the Polish Language, Literature, and Culture Program (2005-2013).

Professor Beinek’s areas of interest include Russian, Polish, and comparative literature, cultural studies, Romanticism, film, and gender studies, as well as post-communist cultures and memory politics. More specifically, her research has focused on topics such as representations of the body, the phenomenon of imagined geographies, as well as issues of national and gender identity. Her monograph on early nineteenth-century scrapbooks,Portable Graveyards”: Russian and Polish Albums in the Age of Romanticism, is forthcoming in 2014 from the Ohio University Press. Professor Beinek’s current project is a book on the idea of “The West” as functioning in Polish and Russian cultures, a project for which she has received a Fulbright research grant for 2013-14. Her co-edited volume of essays titled Re-mapping Polish-German Memory: Geographical, Cultural, and Political Space since World War II, was published in 2012 by Slavica Publishers. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Toronto Slavic Quarterly, Pushkin Review, Sarmatian Review, Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Postscriptum, Roczniki Humanistyczne, and other journals. 

Apart from the current Fulbright grant, Professor Beinek’s research and teaching have been supported by fellowships and grants from the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Kościuszko Foundation, and other institutions. For excellence in teaching, Professor Beinek was awarded the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2010. 


B.A., Catholic University of Lublin, Poland; M.A., University of California San Diego; Ph.D. Harvard University

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