Geneviève Zubrzycki

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 Biographical Sketch 

Geneviève Zubrzycki is associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. She studies national identity and religion, collective memory, mythology and the politics of commemorations, and the place of religious symbols in the public sphere. Her book, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press, 2006) won awards from the American Sociological Association; the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and the Polish Studies Association. She is now working on a monograph on the current renaissance of Jewish communities in Poland and non-Jewish Poles’ interest in all things Jewish.

Director of the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies since 2010, Professor Zubrzycki became CREES director on July 1, 2014.

 Selected Publications


The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Krzyże w Auschwitz. Tożsamość narodowa, nacjonalizm i religia w postkomunistycznej. Kraków: NOMOS, 2014.

Articles in Referred Journals

“Religion, Religious Tradition and Nationalism: Jewish Revival in Poland and ‘Cultural Heritage’ in Quebec,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51, no. 3 (September 2012): 442–455.

“History and the National Sensorium: Making Sense of Polish Mythology,” Qualitative Sociology 34 (2011): 21–57. Winner of the Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article, Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association, 2011.

Book Chapters

“Narrative Shock and (Re)Making Polish Memory in the Twenty-first Century,” in Memory and Postwar Memorials: Confronting the Violence of the Past,  ed. Florence Vatan and Marc Silberman (New York: Palgrave, 2013), 95–115.

“Polish Mythology and the Traps of Messianic Martyrology,” in National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents, ed. Gérard Bouchard (London, New York: Routledge, 2013), 110–132.

“What is Pluralism in a ‘Monocultural’ Society? Considerations from Post-Communist Poland,” in After Pluralism: Re-imagining Models of Interreligious Engagement, ed. Courtney Bender and Pamela Klassen (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 277–295.

Book Reviews

Review of Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generations of Jews in Poland, by Katka Reszke, Slavic Review 73, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 417–418.

Review of Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland, by Michael Meng, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 27, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 154–156.

Visit Professor Zubrzycki’s profile on the Department of Sociology website.