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Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, Director of the Center for Intermarium Studies 
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, Director of the Center for Intermarium Studies 


  • Eastern Europe
  • History
  • Communism
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Europe
  • International Relations
  • Democracy Building

Professional Experience

Dr. Chodakiewicz currently serves as a Professor of History at The Institute of World Politics, where he holds the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. He also leads IWP’s Center for Intermarium Studies.

He was formerly an assistant professor of history of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at University of Virginia. He also served as a visiting professor of history at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Chodakiewicz has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. While at the University of Virginia, he edited the Kosciuszko Chair’s bulletin: Nihil Novi.

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 Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Geography and Strategy, Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States, and Russian Politics and Foreign Policy. In addition, he leads directed studies.

Phone: 202-462-2101


  • 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)