Ohio University

Katarzyna Marciniak

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Professor (retired)
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2013-16 Presidential Teacher, OHIO 2013-14 Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award in the Humanities, 2010 Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, Co-Editor of Global Cinema

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Ph.D. in English (emphasis in Film Studies), University of Oregon, 1998

Scholarly Focus

  • Transnational Feminist Media Studies
  • Cinema of Exile and Displacement
  • Immigration Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Ethnic, Gender, and Racial Studies
  • Transnational Literature
  • Postsocialist Cultures
  • Critical Pedagogy



Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy. Eds. Katarzyna Marciniak and Bruce Bennett. AFI Film Readers Series. Series Editors: Edward Branigan and Chuck Wolfe. New York: Routledge (2016).

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent. Eds. Katarzyna Marciniak and Imogen Tyler. Praxis: Theory in Action Series. Series Editor: Nancy Naples. New York: SUNY Press (2014).

Protesting Citizenship: Migrant Activisms. Eds. Imogen Tyler and Katarzyna Marciniak. New York: Routledge (reprint of the special issue for Citizenship Studies, “Immigrant Protest,” 2014).

Streets of Crocodiles: Photography, Media, and Postsocialist Landscapes in Poland (photography by Kamil Turowski, Introduction by J. Hoberman). Bristol: Intellect, November 2010).

Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (co-edited with Aniko Imre and Aine O’Healy). Comparative Feminist Studies Series (Palgrave, 2007, paperback 2011).

Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile and the Logic of Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). Book nominated by the Press for the 2007 Katherine S. Kovacs Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Film and Media.

Series Editorship

Series Editor of Global Cinema for Palgrave Macmillan (with Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy, since September 2010).

Journal Editorship

Guest-editorship, Special Issue: Citizenship Studies, co-edited with Imogen Tyler. Issue Topic: “Immigrant Protest,” vol. 17:2 (2013).

Guest-editorship, Special Issue: Feminist Media Studies, co-edited with Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy. Issue Topic: “Transcultural Mediations and Transnational Politics of Difference,” vol. 9:4 (2009).

Journal Articles

“Legal/Illegal: Protesting Citizenship in Fortress America,” Immigrant Protest. Special issue of Citizenship Studies 17:2 (2013): 260-277.

“Immigrant Protest,” Introduction to the special issue (with Imogen Tyler), Citizenship Studies 17:2 (2013): 143-156.

“Pedagogy of Anxiety,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 35:4 (2010): 869-892 (winner of the 2010 MLA Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship).

“Transcultural Mediations and Transnational Politics of Difference,” Introduction to the special issue (with Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy), Feminist Media Studies 9:4 (2009): 385-390.

“Postsocialist Hybrids,” Media Globalization and Postsocialist Identities. Special issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies 12:2 (2009): 173-190.

“Foreign Women and Toilets,” Feminist Media Studies 8:4 (2008): 337-356. [reprinted in Polish: “‘Obce’ i ubikacje,” trans. Michał Szczubiałka, Panoptikum 8:15 (2009): 61-82.]

“How Does Cinema Become Lost? The Spectral Power of Socialism,” Via Transversa: Lost Cinema of the Former Eastern Bloc. Special issue of Koht ja paik / Place and Location: Studies in Environmental Aesthetics and Semiotics VII (2008): 15-28.

"Immigrant Rage: Alienhood, 'Hygienic' Identities, and the Second World," Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 17:2 (2006): 33-63.

“New Europe: Eyes Wide Shut,” Emerging Subjects of Neoliberal Global Capitalism. Special issue of Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 12:5 (2006): 615-633.

"Transnational Anatomies of Exile and Abjection in Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain," Cinema Journal 43:1 (2003): 63-84.

"Cinematic Exile: Performing the Foreign Body on Screen in Roman Polański's The Tenant," Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 43:1 (2000): 1-43.

Selected Invited Talks

Keynote Speaker: “Immigrant Protest”; Spring School on “Participation in Media Cultures: Studying Participation within Immigration Societies”; University of Tuebingen, April 2016

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (book promotion, Williams College, November 2014, Scripps College, March 2015)

“Transnational Feminist Media Studies,” Department of Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies, University of California, Riverside, November 2013

Symposium on Global Human Rights, Sexualities, and Vulnerabilities; Ohio State University, April 2013

Symposium on Postcolonial Cinema Studies; sponsored by Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature, and Media and Cultural Studies Departments; University of California, Riverside, January 2013

Keynote Speaker: “New Europe and Its Margins: United in Diversity? “Queering Europe” Symposium; sponsored by the University of Warwick, Venice, Italy, April 2011

“Streets of Crocodiles: Poland’s Invisible Others”; Central and East European Film and Visual Culture Symposium, Ohio State University, April 2011

“Streets of Crocodiles”; East European Film Symposium, Ohio State University, Wexner Center, October 2010

“Postsocialist Hybrids”; 2010 International Studies Lecture Series: Contemporary Visual Culture in East Asia, Latin America, and Europe; Southwestern University, April 2010

Visiting Scholar: “Digital Rage: Anti-Immigrant Activism in the U.S.”; Migrancy Research

Group and the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University, UK, February 2010

Teaching and Service Awards

Presidential Teacher Award 2013-2016

Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities, 2013

Transformative Faculty Award, 2010

Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, 2002

Distinguished Service Award, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, 2002



  • ENG 537: History of Criticism: Transnational Narratives: Literature, Cinema, Theory
  • ENG 537: History of Criticism: Transnational Feminist Practices
  • ENG 537: History of Criticism: Transnational/Postcolonial Anatomies
  • ENG 537: History of Criticism: Feminist Investigations/Nationalism, Subjectivity, the Body
  • ENG 536: History of Criticism: Feminist Politics of Bodies
  • ENG 536: History of Criticism: Transnationality and Performance of Theory


  • ENG 497: Feminist Film: Aesthetics and Politics
  • ENG 460: Feminist Visual Avant-Garde
  • ENG 453: World Literature: Exile, Immigration, Refugeeism
  • ENG 447: Contemporary Feminist Theory
  • ENG 399: Contemporary Critical Theory
  • ENG 325: Women and Literature: Immigration, Race, Nation
  • ENG 306J: Women and Writing: Women and Cinema/The Politics of the Image