Loyola University Chicago

Polish Studies

Bozena Nowicka McLees

Title: Director, Interdisciplinary Polish Studies

Specialty Area: Polish language and literature

Office #:  CC 217E

Phone #:  773-508-2864

E-mail:  bmclees@luc.edu


Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Came to Chicago in 1975.

Taught Polish at University of Illinois 1980-1986, at Loyola University 1986-1991 and since 2005-present

  • A.B.D. University of Illinois in Chicago (Polish Literature)
  • M.A. University of Illinois (Polish Studies)
  • B.A. University of Illinois (Marketing, History and Polish)

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Polish Literature
  • Polish Drama
  • Polish Diaspora in America
  • Teaching Polish Language in the U.S.

Courses Taught

  • LITR 282 Polish Drama
  • LITR 200 Polish Short Story
  • LITR 200 Post World War II Polish Literature
  • POLS 250-251 Polish Composition and Conversation

Service Outside of Loyola

  • Language Diversity in the USA edited by Kim Potowski, Chapter on Polish in the United States, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Organized an International Conference on Chopin and Paderewski 2010
  • Co-founded the Jan Karski Educational Foundation in Chicago and Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego in Warsaw, 2012
  • Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) The Skalny Civic Achievement Award, 2011
  • Organized the Jan Karski International Conference on Memory and Responsibility, 2014
  • Presented the History of Polish Studies Program at Loyola at the Slavic Conference of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, 2014