Loyola University Chicago

Polish Studies

Marta Ochyra-Olchawa

Part-Time Instructor

Polish and European Literature


Email: mochyraolchawa@luc.edu


Office: Crown Center 206C

Phone Number: 773-508-7368


Research Interests 

  • Polish language, Literature, History, and CUlture
  • Polish Disapora and Bilingualism 
  • Polish School of Reportage
  • Political Science and International Relations 
  • Cold War and Polish People's Republic, PRL
  • American and Balkan Studies 

Courses Taught 

  • LITR 200 European Masterpieces: 
    • Polish Short Stories
    • Polish Literature of the Cold War 
    • Post-World War II Polish Literature 
    • 20th Century Conflicts in Polish Reportage 
  • POLS 101 Elementary Polish 
  • POLS 102 Elementary Polish 
  • POLS 103 Intermediate Polish 
  • POLS 104 Intermediate Polish 


  • “From Brussels to Sarajevo: Why Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina are Home to Islamic terrorists”, The Huffington Post, November 2016.
  • “Triangle of the Future: NATO-Croatia-European Union,” Contemporary Transatlantic Relations, Janusz Cisek (ed.), Krakow 2010.
  • “Islam in the Balkans: ethnic conflicts”, Maska, Krakow 2008.
  • “Mohammed in the Balkans,” Per Aspera Ad Astra vol. IV, Krakow 2008.
  • “Religious and Ethnic Changes in the Balkans during the Turkish Expansion,” Student Historical Notebooks 11, Krakow 2007.

Loyola Service

  • Faculty reviewer of the annual Undergraduate Student FORUM, a competition of papers on Central and Eastern Europe
  • Cooperation with the Jan Karski Educational Foundation in promoting the Karski legacy (https://www.jankarski.net/en/news/karski-the-beacon-of-hope.html)

Service Outside Loyola 

  • Polish language tutoring
  • Member of the Polish Language School “Glossa”, Krakow
  • Polish Language School of the Jagiellonian University, Burr Ridge, IL 2016-2018
  • Certificate for completing the workshop “I read, and I like it!” for parents and teachers of bilingual children organized by the Jagiellonian University and the Academic Quality Council, Chicago 2016


  • Ph.D. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 2019
  • M.A. American Studies, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 2008
  • B.A. Balkan Studies, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 2007
  • B.A. Political and International Studies, B. Janski College, Krakow, Poland 2004
  • Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia June-July 2010