Grazyna Kozaczka, Ph.D.

Grazyna Kozaczka

Ph.D.
Program Director (Interim), English
Professor of English
Director of the All-College Honors Program

Ph. D., Jagiellonian University, Poland

M.A., Jagiellonian University, Poland

Division: Humanities & Natural Sciences
210 Watts Hall - Second Floor

Grazyna Kozaczka joined the faculty at Cazenovia College in 1984. Her research interests include ethnic American literature, women's literature, literature of the Holocaust as well as traditional Polish folk dress and adornment. She has published scholarly essays, short fiction and popular articles in both English and Polish. She is currently working on a monograph devoted to the representation of immigrant and ethnic women in Polish American literature after World War II. She is the Past President of the Polish American Historical Association, an organization devoted to the study of Polish American history and culture as a part of the greater Polish Diaspora. She currently serves as the Book Review Editor for "The Polish Review."

  • Cazenovia College Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award 2007
  • 2016 Pole of the Year presented by the Polish Scholarship Fund of Syracuse, NY
  • E802 Congressional Record, May 26, 2016; Recognizing Dr. Grazyna J. Kozaczka - Hon. John Katko of New York in the House of Representatives
  • James S. Pula Distinguished Service Award; Polish American Historical Association, January 2018
  • Excellence Award for Dedication to the First Year Students, 2018
  • "Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Fiction," Ohio University Press, 2019.
  • Introduction. "Marta" by Eliza Orzeszkowa, Ohio University Press, 2018
  • "(Re)konstrukcja Tozsamosci w Polskiej Prozie Migracyjnej Poczatku 21go Wieku." in "Inteligencja Polska w Swiecie" Krakow: PAU, 2018 pp. 251-258.
  • "Writing Poland and America." Polish American Studies. Vol. LXXIII, No.1, April 2016. pp. 69-81.
  • "The Question of Identity in Polish American Fiction of the Early 21st Century," Migration Studies (Studia Migracyjne) 4 (158)/2015, pp. 257–270.
  • "The Great Divide? Post-War, Post-Solidarity: Polish Immigrants in Semi-autobiographical Fiction by W.S. Kuniczak and Czeslaw Karkowski." Chapter 3 in East Central Europe in Exile. Ed. Anna Mazurkiewicz. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. pp.31-46.
  • "Joseph Conrad: From Berdychew to Canterbury." The Polish American Arts Club of Buffalo Newsletter. Fall 2013.
  • "The Neighborhoods of Memory: Stuart Dybek’s Chicago" in Polish American Studies. Vol. LXIX, Autumn 2012, No. 2: 45-57
  • “Ethnic Writers (Re)creating Their Polish Immigrant Ancestors.” Polish American Studies. Vol. LXVII. No. 2 (Autumn 2010). 75-92.
  • "W.S.Kuniczak" and "Suzanne Strempek Shea" in The Polish American Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010.
  • “’The Silent One’: The (Absent) Voiceless Mother in Recent Narratives by Leslie Pietrzyk and Ellen Slezak. Polish American Studies. Vol. LXVI, No.1 (Spring 2009). 43-54.
  • “Century’s Child: W.S. Kuniczak’s Unfinished Novel of Immigrant Experience in Post WWII America.” The Polish Review. Vol. LII, No.4, 2007 pp. 433-449.
  • “W.S. Kuniczak: ‘Leaving an Old Life and Seeing New’ – Letters from Mexico” (peer reviewed) The Polish Review. Vol.L, 2005, No 2: 177-194..
  • "Lilacs" (Fiction)in Knit Lit the Third. Ed. Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.
  • "Murder on the Crescent" (Fiction) in The Lion Roars. October 2005, Vol 35. No 1.
  • “Cultural, Class and Ethnic Conflicts in Contemporary Polish American Fiction.” The Polish Review. Vol. XLIX, No. 3, 2004. 807-826.
  • “The Invention of Ethnicity and Gender in Suzanne Strempek Shea’s Fiction.” The Polish Review. Vol. XLVIII no.3, 2003. 325-345.
  • "World War II and the Evolution of Ramain Gary's Polish Agenda in his Novels: 'Forest of Anger' and A European Education.'" 7th World Congress of Polish Studies, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, June 14-16, 2019.
  • "Poetyckie Migracje: Anna Frajlich i Linda Nemec Foster." I Kongress Literatury Polskiej XX i XXI Wieku, Warszawa i Zakopane, Poland. September 19-16, 2018.
  • "Between Friends and Enemies: Women's Same Gender Relationships in Recent Polish Migration Fiction" the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C. January 4-7, 2018.
  • "(Re)konstrukcja Tozsamosci w Polskiej Prozie Migracyjnej Poczatku 21go Wieku." V World Congress of Polish Learned Societies, Krakow, Poland. October 16-19, 2017.
  • "Mapping Immigrant Home(land)s in Recent Polish American Autobiographical Fiction" at the "American Ethnicity and Ethnic Community Building" conference organized by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, June 4-8, 2016.
  • "Forbidden Desires: Women and Transgressive Sexuality in Polish American Fiction” at the Annual Conference of the American Historical Association; Atlanta, GA, January 7-10, 2016.
  • “Patterns of Ethnicity in Polish American, Polish Canadian, and Anglo Polish Fiction after 1989” at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in New York, NY: January 2-5, 2015.
  • “Monika Krawczyk’s Rebellious Women” which has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC: January 2-5, 2014.
  • “American Ethnicity: The Post Solidarity Narrative” at a conference organized by the Jagiellonian University, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish American Historical Association, Krakow,
  • Poland: June 16-17, 2014.
  • “Girling of a Polish American Child: Models of Femininity in Immigrant and Ethnic Adolescent Narratives” at a conference organized by the University of Warsaw and the Polish Institute of Arts and
  • Sciences in America, Warsaw, Poland: June 20-22, 2014.
  • "Constructing Femininity: The Monika Krawczyk Short Story Contests of the 1960s” which has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013.
  • "Between Matka-Polka and Jocasta: Danuta Mostwin’s Immigrant Motherhood” at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Boston, September 6-8, 2012.
  • "(Re)constructing the Immigrant Story" 68th Annual Conference of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Milwaukee, WI. June 3-6, 2010.
“Dr. Grazyna J. Kozaczka on the Future of the Polish American Historical Association” Interview with Dr. John Grondelski. Polish American Journal, June 2015. “Literatura polska, amerykanska, czy etniczna?” z prof. Grazyna Kozaczka rozmawia Czeslaw Karkowski. Kurier Plus: Polish Weekly Magazine. No. 1060, December 27, 2014.
  • Modern Language Association
  • Polish American Historical Association (President)
  • Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America
  • Jozef Pilsudski Institute of America