Krzysztof E. Borowski

Credentials: Slavic

Position title: Lecturer in Polish Studies

Pronouns: he/him/his


Office Number: 1452 Van Hise Hall

Language(s): Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Russian, Italian, Spanish, German. Reading knowledge of Silesian, Molise Slavic, Old Church Slavic. Structural knowledge of other Slavic and Romance languages.

Research/Language Interests: Polish society and culture, political discourse, identity and nationalism studies, Slavic linguistics, language technology, digital humanities, Polish language teaching.

About: Originally trained as a linguist, Krzysztof is an interdisciplinary language, culture, and society scholar who employs a sociolinguistic and critical discourse analytic toolkit to examine issues related to identity, language, and nationalism. He has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. His work was published in the Slavic and East European JournalStudies in Eastern European CinemaJournal of Slavic Linguistics, and Brill’s Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics where he also worked as Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Krzysztof taught Polish at the University of Kansas. At UW–Madison, he teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced Polish language courses in addition to courses on Polish political comedythe Polish-American experience, and the multicultural heritage of Central Europe. He has also co-organized the Madison Polish Film Festival, led Polish Language Table meetings, and regularly contributed to the UW Polish Studies program blog.

Since 2023, Krzysztof has been serving on the North American Association of Teachers of Polish (NAATPl) Executive Board and was elected President in 2024.

(literature and culture)
The Polish-American Experience
Politics and Comedy in Poland
Multicultural Central Europe

First-Year Polish
Second-Year Polish
Third/Fourth-Year Polish

• University of Kansas, Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2020)
• University of Wrocław, M.A. in Serbian and Croatian Languages and Literatures (2011)
• University of Verona, Study abroad semester under LLP-Erasmus (2010)
• University of Wrocław, B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2009)