University of Rochester

Polish Center Director Gets Fulbright Fellowship

May 24, 2001

Ewa K. Hauser, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, has been chosen as a senior Fulbright Fellow for the 2001-02 academic year. She will teach seminars on American culture and on the political films of Hollywood at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw beginning in September.

The first director of the Skalny Center, Hauser began teaching at Rochester in political science and in anthropology in 1992. A native of Poland, she wrote the original proposal that established the Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester in 1994. Last year, the center was renamed for the Louis Skalny Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Warsaw and Yale University, Hauser earned her doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Her current research and writing interests include comparative theories of feminism in Eastern and Western traditions, and the visual images of the "other" in both American and European, especially Polish, popular culture and historical cinema. She also is senior editor of an academic series of books on studies in Central Europe.

Later this month, Hauser will be a participant in a seminar in the Republic of Croatia on nationalism and ethnicity in Eastern Europe. The sessions in Zagreb and Dubrovnik will offer a Croatian perspective on the evolution of Southeastern Europe.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, do research, or participate in seminars to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and those in other countries.