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Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Ph.D.

Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska is a social anthropologist in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her general field of research is majority-minority relations but her specialization is Polish Christian-Polish Jewish relations and the Holocaust. She teaches extensively not only for various departments of the Jagiellonian but also for the postgraduate programs at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and The Graduate School for Social Research in Warsaw. Among other places, she has guest lectured in the USA and UK, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Georgia, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, and Israel.

Dr. Orla-Bukowska was a 1999 Koerner Holocaust Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, a 2004 Yad Vashem Fellow in Jerusalem, and a 2009 and 2018 Skalny Center Fellow at the University of Rochester. She is the author of a chapter on Polish collective memory in the volume The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (N. Lebow, W. Kansteiner, C. Fogu, Duke University Press, 2006), and the co-editor (with Robert Cherry) of Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), the Polish language edition of which was published by Więź in 2008. In 2009, she won a grant from the Polish Ministry of Research and Higher Education for a 3-year study of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow.


In addition to being a social anthropologist, Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska is also a social activist focusing on interfaith and intercultural dialogue, especially concerning the Shoah. She is associated with NGOs in and outside of Poland. Her labor of love, to which she devotes much time and energy, is the organization, coordination, and facilitation of meetings in Poland between Polish Jews and non-Jews with their Jewish peers from Israel and elsewhere in the world.