- Near Eastern Studies
- Arabic-language teaching
- Islamic art
- Islamic Spain
I was born in Warsaw and attended the University of Warsaw, where I developed a life-long interest in Middle Eastern culture and ancient civilizations. During a five-year program in the Department of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies, I studied the Arabic language, the history of the Arab world, and Islamic civilization (literature, art, and other aspects) under the most appreciated and valuable guidance and supervision of Professor Dr. Jozef Bielawski, the founder of the department, and Professor Dr. Janusz Danecki, the chair of the department. I wrote my M.A. thesis on Arab miniature painting schools, focusing on the thirteenth-century artist al-Wāsiṭī and his miniatures illustrating the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī (d. 1122).
Since graduating, I have worked extensively as an interpreter and translator of Arabic and six other languages, traveling often to Middle Eastern and North African countries such as Libya, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Tunisia with Polish medical personnel, engineers, and supervisors, as well as translating/interpreting for guests of the Ministry of Higher Education in Poland, most recently at the international conference held in Warsaw in 2006 celebrating the 600th anniversay of the death of Ibn Khaldun, the great Arab philosopher of history.
I moved to the United States in 1992 and became an American citizen in 2002. Living in Seattle, I taught Islamic civilization and culture and Arabic language at Evergreen Sate College, Central Community College, and the Edmonds Senior Center. In 2002, I also joined the Seattle Arab Center and became deeply involved with Arab cultural events, helping to organize and actively participating in annual Arab festivals in Seattle. In 2009 I moved to Kentucky to take a job as an adjunct professor of Arabic language and culture at Eastern Kentucky Univesity, and in 2010 I accepted a postion at Princeton as lecturer in Arabic.
My current plans are to continue teaching and to earn a Ph.D. on Islamic civilization in Andalusia (Spain). Towards this end, I have been visiting the Middle East and North Africa in order to conduct research on this topic.
In addition to my academic interests in the Arabic language and Islamic history, I am passionate about art, painting, traveling, and journalism.
I am very excited about being part of the teaching faculty at Princeton University.