Polish American Studies

Editor: Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann


Current Volume: 81 (2024)
Issued biannually (Spring, Fall)
ISSN: 0032-2806
eISSN: 2330-0833


Polish American Studies is the Polish American Historical Association's interdisciplinary, double-blind refereed scholars journal. The editor welcomes scholarship including articles, edited documents, and related materials with all aspects of the history and culture of Poles in the Western Hemisphere. Particularly welcome are contributions that provide perspective as part of the larger Polish Diaspora, and examine its relationship to other ethnic groups. Contributions from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences are welcome.


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Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann
Eastern Connecticut State University
Department of History
Webb Hall 333
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Book Review Editor
Mary Patrice Erdmans
Case Western Reserve University

Book Review Editor for Poland
Anna Mazurkiewicz
University of Gdańsk

Associate Editors

  • M. B. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University
  • Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University
  • John J. Bukowczyk, Wayne State University
  • Silvia Dapia, John Jay College, CUNY
  • William J. Galush, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Columbia College Chicago
  • Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College
  • Karen Majewski, Independent Scholar
  • Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Angela Pienkos, Polish Center Wisconsin
  • James S. Pula, Purdue University
  • John Radziłowski, University of Alaska–Southeast
  • Francis D. Raška, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Suzanne R. Sinke, Florida State University
  • Dariusz Stola, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Joanna Wojdon, University of Wrocław, Poland

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Polish American Studies

The editors welcome scholarship including articles, edited documents, and related materials dealing with all aspects of the history and culture of Poles in the Western Hemisphere. They particularly welcome contributions that place the Polish experience in historical and comparative perspective as part of the larger Polish diaspora, and by examining its relationship to other ethnic groups. Contributions from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences are welcome.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 to 10,000 words plus notes, tables, etc. They should include an abstract of about 200 words, and a brief author’s biographical information, their affiliation, and email address. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all copyright permissions for illustrations and images. Manuscripts are evaluated based on their relevance to the mission of the journal; the clarity of the thesis, presentation and conclusions and the depth of research based upon the nature of the sources cited. The journal employs a "double-blind" review process. Editors will not review work previously published in any form.

Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Authors whose first language is not English should have their work reviewed for clarity and style prior to the submission. Manuscripts or inquiries should be submitted in Microsoft Word via e-mail attachment to the editor at kirchmanna@easternct.edu.

Books for review (English language) should be sent to Mary Patrice Erdmans (Department of Sociology, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106) or Anna Mazurkiewicz (Polish language; University of Gdańsk, Faculty of History, ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland). Books may be submitted by publishers or authors. Submission is no guarantee that books will be reviewed, and books will not be returned.

Peer Review Policy: This journal uses blind peer review by members of the board of editors. External experts from the discipline without a connection to the journal are consulted when necessary.

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Featured Articles

“Husbands Who Do Not Beat,” or on Gender and Sexuality in Polish American Studies
Marta Cieślak and Anna Müller

Polish Women's Sexualized War Experience: The Dangerous Intersection of Ethnicity and Sexuality in World War II Immigrant and Exile Fiction
Grażyna J. Kozaczka

Agency and Displacement of Ethnic Polish and Jewish Families After World War II
Anna Cichopek-Gajraj

The Other Diaspora: Measuring Assimilation Among Polish Gay Men in Chicago
Hubert Izienicki

The Polish American Historical Association Continues its Mission: Somethings Old, Somethings New
Neal Pease

The Causes and Characteristics of Polish Immigration to the United States: A Review of Research
James S. Pula

Arsenic and Axes: Murder in Baltimore's Polonia, 1876–1925
Thomas L. Hollowak

Polish American Studies and the Study of Labor and the Working Class
Dominic A. Pacyga

Transit Experiences: The Journeys of Polish and Other Migrants from Eastern Europe to North America before 1914
Tobias Brinkmann

Between a Polish Shiksa and a Jewish Woman: Ambiguous Identities in Eva Mekler's Novels
Grażyna J. Kozaczka

Jewish Threads in a Polish Life Story
Mary Patrice Erdmans

Seeing Footprints of Polonia
Jerome Krase

Polish Americans and the Writing of Public History
Gavin Moulton

The Food Voice Emerges in an Ethnography of Polish Americans
Annie Hauck

The (Food) Voice of the Silent: Fania Lewando and Vegetarianism in the Era of the Polish Republic
Eve Jochnowitz

Curious Emblems: The Transmission of Polish Identity through (Potentially) Non-Polish Cookies
Gretchen Kurtz

Performing Pierogi
Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

More than Pierogi and Pączki: The Polish Deli in the Diaspora
Joshua C. Blank