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Dr. Piotr Puchalski

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., New York University

Dissertation: “Beyond Empire: Interwar Poland and the Colonial Question, 1918-1939.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019.

Current projects:

Piotr Puchalski is Assistant Professor of Modern History and offers courses in the history of Poland, colonial empires, international relations, and contemporary tourism. He has previously published in the Historical Journal and the Journal of Modern European History. His first book is Poland in a Colonial World Order: Adjustments and Aspirations, 1918-1939 (Routledge, 2022), and he has also contributed to the edited volume The World Beyond the West: Perspectives from Eastern Europe (Berghahn Books, 2022). His next project deals with Poland’s post-1939 colonial entanglements.

Research interests:

  • Polish colonial and nationality policies
  • Evolution of the international system in the 20th century
  • Polish history in a global perspective in the 20th century
  • Contemporary history of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France
  • Diplomatic history
  • Jewish emigration from Poland and other countries
  • Poland’s geopolitical importance
  • Polish People’s Republic and decolonization in Africa