Loyola University Chicago

Polish Studies

Jack J. Hutchens

Part-Time Instructor

Polish and European Literature


Email: jhutchens@luc.edu 


Office:  Crown Center 206c

Phone:  773-508-7368 


Research Interests:

  • Polish Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Czech Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Popular Culture

Courses Taught:

  • LITR 200 European Masterpieces
    • Polish Literature of Exile
    • Polish Short Stories
  • LITR 280 World Masterpieces:
    • Eyewitness Literature of WWII
    • Queer Slavs
  • POLS 101 Elementary Polish I
  • POLS 102 Elementary Polish II



  • Queer Transgressions in Twentieth-Century Polish Fiction: Gender, Nation, Politics" Published by Lexingtion Books, 2020

Creative Work:

  • All Saints and Other Amerian Sonnets, forthcming by Finishing Line Press
  • There/Here: Poems of Journey and Home. Published by Main Street Rag Press, 2020
  • "Warsaw," in Sisphus
  • "No One Grabs a Button When They See a Chimney Sweep.", in Aurora
  • "Bucking Hay: Impressions," in Flint Hills Review
  • "In Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery, Warsaw," in Bangalore Review
  • "Lament for Mariupo," in WordCityLit

Articles and Chapters: 

  • Hutchens, Jack J. "Julian Stryjkowski: Polish, Jewish, Queer." Canadian Slavonic Papers 61, no 1. (2019): 57-80
  • Hutchens, Jack J. "Marian Pankowski: Rudolf's Anti-nationalist, Anti-martyrological Project." Toronto Slavic Quarterly 60 (2017): 1-24. 
  • Hutchens, Jack J. "Transgressions: Palimpsest and the Destruction of Gender and National Borders in Olga Tokarczuk's Dom dzyenny, do nocny," in The Effect of Palimpsest, ed, Bozena Shallcross (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011), 195-207 
  • Hutchens, Jack J. "Translating the Qyeer Voice: Problems with Polish Translations of Ginsberg's 'America' and 'Message'" Journal of Popular Culture 40, no. 6 (2007): 979-993

Book Reviews

Poetyckie podwojenie: Marian Pankowski- polski poeta jęyzka francuskiego/Dédoublement poétique: Marian Pankowski--poète polonais de langue française [A poetic doubling: Marian Pankowski—a Polish poet of the French language], by Dorota Walczak-Delanois, in The Polish Review, 2023.

Olanda, by Rafal Wojasinski, Translated with Introduction by Charles S. Kraszewski, in The Polish Review, 2022

World Under Revision: The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska, by Wojciej Ligeza, in The Polish Review, 2021.

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Bialoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, aznd the Traumatic, by Joanna Mizynska, in Slavonic and East European Review (SEER), 2014 

Polish Literature in Transformation. Phillips, ursula (ed). With the assistance of Knut A. Grimstad and Kris Van Heuckelom, in Slavonic and East European Review (SEER), 2014.

Nationalism, Marxism, and African American Literature between the Wars: A News Pandora's Box, by Anthony Dawagare, in Political Affairs, 2003


  • "Silence," by Julian Stryjkowski, The Polish Review, forthcoming
  • "The Teacher," by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, The Polish Review vol. 68, no. 4 (2023). 
  • "Pank's Not Dead: A 20th Century Writer in the Face of the Canon," by Przemyslaw Czaplinski. Russian, Croation and Serbian, Czech and Slovak, Polish Literature (RCSCSPL) 70, no. 4 (2011): 617-638
  • Review of Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Milosz i dlugi cien wojny [Milosz and the long shadow of war], reviewed by Marek Bernacki, in The Polish Review
  • "The Journey of my Wife's Parents to Treblinka," by Marian Pankowski, forthcoming in The Polish Review

Academic Honors and Awards: 

  • 2021-2022 Fullbright Poland Senior Fellow 
  • 2019 Article of the Year, Canadian Association of Slavists for "Julian Stryjkowski: Polish, Jewish, Queer." Canadian Slavonic Papers 61, no. 1 (2019): 57-80. 
  • 2010-2011 ACLS (American COuncil of Leanred Societies) Felloship for Dissertation Research 
  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students; 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010. 
  • 2009 Slavic Graduate Student Award for Grant Writing 
  • 2008 FLAS Award for study in the Czech Republic 
  • 2002 Gren Wyrick Scholarship in Poetry 

Service Outside Loyola:

  • Selection Committe Member, Student Researcher Award, Fullbright Poland 
  • Director of Adam Mickiewicz University's Writing Center
  • Adjucnt Representative for Richland Community College Retention Workgroup 
  • Adjunct Representative for Richland Community College Diversity Committee 
  • Faculty Advisor for POLSA (Polish Student Alliance), University of Florida 
  • Director for the creation and maintence of the Ceter for European Studies' Polish Library and Reading Room, University of Florida
  • Peace Corps Poland Volunteer, 1998-2000

Public Lectures:

  • "The Transgressive Masculinity of Jerzy Nasierowski." Presented at the "Masculinity and Postsocialism" conference at the University of Southampton, September 2023. 
  • "Jerzy Nasierowski: A Queer Afterlife Post-Incarceration." Presented at the Catholic University of Leuven, May 2022, as part of Fullbright Fellowship 
  • "Polish Masculinities: Gombrowicz's Satire of Polish Nationalism and Constructions of Manhood." Presented as part of "Getting to Know Europe: A Study in Gender Roles." University of Florida Harn Museum of Art, 2014.


  • PH.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • M.A. Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 2004
  • B.A. Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1996