Geneviève Zubrzycki


Geneviève Zubrzycki is the William H. Sewell Jr. Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (2016-) and the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies (2010-). She was Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from 2014 to 2021, and of the Center for European Studies from 2016 to 2024. 

Zubrzycki received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago (2002), her MSc in Sociology from the Université de Montréal (1995), and her BA in History and Slavic Studies from McGill University (1992). She completed a year-long certificate of Polish Language, History, and Culture at Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) in 1991. A historical and cultural sociologist, her research focuses on nationalism and religion, collective memory and the politics of commemoration, and cultural politics in Eastern Europe and North America. She is the author of the award-winning books The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006, Polish 2014), Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec (2016, Polish and French 2020), and Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival (2022). That most recent monograph was the recipient of ASEEES’ 2023 Wayne S. Vucinich Award. 

An ASEEES member since 2000, she served on the Vucinich Book Prize committee (2017-19) as well as on a wide range of committees at the American Sociological Association, the Council for European Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Association for the Sociology of Religion. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America as well as on the Board of Directors of “The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies.” At Michigan, she is the PI of a special partnership with The Reckoning Project, training and overseeing student analysis of testimonies of victims and witnesses of war crimes committed in civilian populations since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. 

In addition to her permanent position at the University of Michigan, she has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Regensburg University. Her research was funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. In 2021, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bronisław Malinowski Prize in the Social Sciences from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. 

She is completing two terms as Editor of Comparative Studies of Society and History (2016-24), and currently serves on the editorial boards of Rercherches sociographiques, Sociologie et Sociétés, The Polish Review, and Kultura i Społeczeństwo. She co-edits, with Jeff Veidlinger and Misha Krutikov, the Indiana University Press book series “Jews in Eastern Europe.” 

She is committed to upholding ASEEES’s principles of diversity and inclusion, its dedication to interdisciplinary inquiry, its support of young scholars’ research and professional development, and its promotion of institutional transregional cooperation.