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Jeremi Szaniawski

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Amesbury Professor of Polish Language and Culture

(413) 545-6671

523 Herter Hall

BA (2002) and MA (2004), Université Libre de Bruxelles, PhD (2012), Yale University

A native of Brussels, Belgium, Jeremi Szaniawski's research and teaching interests include Polish and Russian cinema and literature, Belgian cinema, contemporary auteur film theory and philosophy, women filmmakers, the legacy of Stanley Kubrick (as well as the reception of Kubrick's films in Poland), Marxist theory, and screenwriting. As the Amesbury chair, Jeremi—a native speaker of Polish and French—will also be in charge of teaching Polish and promoting Polish culture across the Five Colleges.

Before joining the Department of Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst, Jeremi held appointments at the Korean National University of the Arts (Seoul, South Korea), Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand), Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), Emerson College European Campus (Well, the Netherlands) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium).

He is the author of The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox (Wallflower/Columbia, 2014), and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Belgium (with Marcelline Block, Intellect/Chicago, 2014), The Global Auteur: the Politic of Authorship in 21st Century Cinema (with Seung-hoon Jeong, Bloomsbury, 2016), On Women's Films Across Worlds and Generations (with Ivone Margulies, Bloomsbury, 2019), After Kubrick: a Filmmaker's Legacy (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Fredric Jameson and Film Theory: Marxism, Allegory, and Geopolitics in World Cinema (with Keith Wagner and Michael Cramer, Rutgers UP, 2022). His current research includes a monograph on contemporary Polish cinema and a short book in French on the representations of mud in world cinema, L'attrait de la boue (Yellow Now, 2022).

He has translated many film studies articles and book chapters as well as two books into French: Film Theory: an Introduction Through the Senses by Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener (Le cinéma et les sens, PUR 2011) and В центре океана [V Tsentre Okeana ] by Alexander Sokurov (Au coeur de l'océan, L'Âge d'Homme 2015).

He is associate editor of Studies in World Cinema (Brill, 2020), alongside Eva Jørholt, Anna Grgic, and Olivia Khoo.


  • French
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Dutch