Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

SProfessor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies
The Institute of World Politics

– Former assistant professor of history of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
– Former visiting professor of history, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Dr. Chodakiewicz is the current holder of the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, which is now here at IWP.  He has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. While at the University of Virginia , he edited the Kosciuszko Chair’s bulletin: Nihil Novi.

In addition to popular and scholarly articles, his publications include The Massacre in Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After (2005), Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947 (2004) and After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War Two (2003).

Dr. Chodakiewicz co-edited Poland’s Transformation: A Work in Progress (2003), Spanish Carlism and Polish Nationalism: Borderlands of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2003), and Hearts of Gold or a Golden Harvest? (2011).

He translated and edited the correspondence of the Ulam family of Lwów to the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam at Harvard from 1936 until after the Second World War. In 2003 Dr. Chodakiewicz won Poland’s Jozef Mackiewicz Literary Award for his Ejszyszki: The Background of Events, and Epilogue of Polish-Jewish Relations in the Eastern Borderlands, 1944-45. In 2004 he co-edited a selection of Ronald Reagan’s speeches published as My Vision of America in Polish.


  • B.A., 1988, San Francisco State University
  • M.A.,1990, MPhil,1992, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., 2001, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship (1989-1994), Columbia University
  • The Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Research Grant (2001)
  • The Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grant (2004)
  • Presidential Appointee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2005-2010)