Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. John Merchant

Lecturer, Polish and Irish Literature; Polish American Literature

Email: jmerchant@luc.edu

Research Interests

  • Polish and Irish Literature
  • Polish American Literature

Courses Taught

  • LITR 283 Major Authors in Translation (Writing the Polish Voice)
  • LITR 200 European Masterpieces (Polish Identity in Literature, 1863-1945; Interwar Poland; Postwar Polish Literature; Polish Short Stories; Polish Fantasy; and Polish-Irish Literature)

Loyola Service

  • Organized student reading of Dziady, by Adam Mickiewicz, October 2013.
  • Faculty reviewer and judge for the Undergraduate Student FORUM, a competition of papers on Central and Eastern Europe.

Service Outside Loyola

  • Public lecture - "Polish American Poetry: Reading Between the Lines," April 2013, Crown Center.
  • Public lecture - "The Literature of the Polish American Experience," September 2013, Chopin Theatre.


  • B.A. University of Iowa, 1990; M.A. The Ohio State University, 1994
  • M.A. University of Illinois-Chicago, 1997
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2006