Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies

Professional Experience

  • Former assistant professor of history of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
  • Former visiting professor of history, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Dr. Chodakiewicz is the current holder of the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, which is now here at IWP.  He has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. While at the University of Virginia, he edited the Kosciuszko Chair's bulletin: Nihil Novi.

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Dr. Chodakiewicz writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation internet hub. He has also published on foreign policy in various venues, including The Journal of World Affairs, American Spectator, and National Review Online.

In addition to numerous popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Chodakiewicz authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over fifteen scholarly monographs and documentary collections. His latest include Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas (2012), which is a depiction of the Eastern Borderlands of the West on the rim of the former Soviet Union, and On the Right and Left (2013), which is a textbook of intellectual history of modern ideologies. He translated and edited the correspondence of the Ulam family of Lwów to the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam at Harvard from 1936 until after the Second World War and co-edited a selection of Ronald Reagan's speeches published as My Vision of America in Polish.

His interests include the post-Soviet zone, the Second World War and its aftermath, Europe in the 19th and 20th century, Western civilization and its intellectual tradition, extremist movements in history, conspiracy theory and practice, and comparative civilizations.

At IWP, Dr. Chodakiewicz teaches courses on  Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing StatesGeography and Strategy, and Russian Politics and Foreign Policy.  In addition, he leads directed studies.


  • B.A., 1988, San Francisco State University
  • M.A.,1990, MPhil,1992, Columbia University 
  • Ph.D., 2001, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship (1989-1994), Columbia University
  • The Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Research Grant (2001)
  • Józef Mackiewicz Literary Prize (2003)
  • The Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grant (2004)
  • Presidential Appointee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2005-2010)
  • Smith Richardson Fellowship Research Grant (2009-2010)

Phone: 202-462-2101



  Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy
  Geography and Strategy
  Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States
  Russian Politics and Foreign Policy


  Trump on a roll: A discussion of his meetings with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin
  Poland: The Cabinet Reloaded
  The Holocaust, the Poles, and World War II Memory
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  Trasnformacja czy niepodległość?
  Intermarium: The Land between the Black and Baltic Seas
  Między Wisłą a Potomakiem
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