Michal Jan Rozbicki



Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies

E-mail: rozbicmj@slu.edu


Ph.D. (habil.), Warsaw University, 1984;

Ph.D., Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, 1975; 

M.A., Warsaw University, 1970



The experience of living for long periods of time in Europe, Asia, and America provided the foundation of my lifelong interest in the history of cross-cultural interactions. My academic trajectory began with studying Protestantism as a vehicle for the diffusion of scientific ideas across seventeenth-century northern Europe and England; then I went on to look at how metropolitan cultural values changed when transmitted to British America; and explored the colonial origins of American identity. These lines of inquiry led to an interest in the use of cultural instruments to legitimate power and authority, and to a study investigating how the conceptual package contained in the narrative of liberty produced by the American Revolution affected the political culture and the development of equal rights in the United States. My current work focuses on the phenomenon of interculturality and its theoretical underpinnings.

Honors and Fellowships:

  • 2012 Book Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri for Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution (University of Virginia Press).
  • 2012 Best Essay in Intellectual History Award from the Historical Society and the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History, for "Rethinking the American Revolution: Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Reality," Historically Speaking, vol. 13, no. 2, April 2012 (Johns Hopkins University Press).
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate Student Association of Saint Louis University, 2005.
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Andrew W. Mellon research fellowship, 1999.
  • University of California Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, research fellowship at the William Andrews Clark Library, Los Angeles, 1992.
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Visiting Professor, 1990-1992.
  • The Huntington Library, San Marino, research fellowship, 1991.
  • Rockefeller Foundation, scholar in residence at the Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1990.
  • John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, research grants, 1982 and 1989.
  • Oxford University, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, England, visiting fellow, 1984.
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Visiting Professor, 1984-1986.
  • John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, Providence, research fellowship, 1986.
  • American Council of Learned Societies, research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1979-80.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Cross-Cultural Encounters in American History
  • Theory and Practice of History
  • History of American Freedom
  • The Formation of Early American Culture

Scholarly Publications


  • Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2011).
  • The Complete Colonial Gentleman: Cultural Legitimacy in Plantation America (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998).
  • Transformation of English Cultural Ethos in Colonial America: Maryland, 1634-1720 (Warsaw: Warsaw University Press, 1985; Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988).
  • Narodziny Narodu: Historia Stanow Zjednoczonych Ameryki do 1860 roku [The Birth of a Nation: History of the United States of America to 1860] (Warsaw: Interim Publishing House, 1991).
  • Samuel Hartlib. Z dziejow polsko-angielskich zwiazkow kulturalnych w XVII wieku [Samuel Hartlib and the History of Polish-English Cultural Relations in the Seventeenth Century] (Wroclaw: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1980).

Journal Articles

  • "Rethinking the American Revolution: Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Reality," Historically Speaking, vol. 13, no. 2, April 2012 (Johns Hopkins University Press).
  • "Constitutions, Culture, and History," Saint Louis University Law Journal, vol. 57, no 2.  
  • "To Save Them from Themselves: Proposals to Enslave the British Poor, 1698-1755," Slavery and Abolition 22 (2001): 29-50.
  • "A Bridge or a Barrier to American Identity? The Uses of European Taste among Eighteenth-Century Plantation Gentry in British America," Amerikastudien (Heidelberg) 13 (1998).
  • "The Curse of Provincialism: Negative Perceptions of Colonial American Plantation Gentry," Journal of Southern History 63 (1997).
  • "Between East-Central Europe and Britain: Reformation, Science, and the Emergence of Intellectual Networks in Mid-Seventeenth Century," East European Quarterly 30 (1996).
  • "The Roots of American Culture: History and Myth," To Be. Polish-American Academic Quarterly 3 (1995).
  • "Extravagant Excesses: Negative British Opinions about Colonial American Gentry," American Studies (Warsaw) 10 (1991).
  • "Transplanted Ethos: Indians and the Cultural Identity of English Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," Amerikastudien (Munich) 27 (1983).
  • "Tobacco Economy and Cultural Change in Seventeenth-Century America," American Studies (Warsaw) 5 (1984).
  • "Samuel Hartlib i kwestia filantropii w okresie rewolucji angielskiej XVII wieku" [Samuel Hartlib and the Question of Philanthropy during the English Revolution of the Seventeenth Century], Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sklodowska 31 (1976).
  • "Samuel Hartlib. Z dziejow angielskiej kultury umyslowej" [Samuel Hartlib and the History of English Intellectual Culture], Folia Societatis Scientiarum Lublinensis 21 (1976).

Edited Volumes

  • Perspectives on Interculturality: "The Construction of Meaning in Relationships of Difference" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). (Editor)
  • Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness (New York: Palgrave Macmillan,2012). (Co-editor).
  • Historia Stanow Zjednoczonych Ameryki [History of the United States], vol. 1 (1607-1763) (Warsaw: State Academic Publishing House, 1995).
  • A Selection of Sources on the History and Culture of the United States of America. From Colonization to 1845 (Warsaw: Warsaw University Press, 1994). (Co-editor)
  • Crosscurrents: East-West Dialogues on Women and Work (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991). (Co-editor)
  • European and American Constitutionalism in the Eighteenth Century (Vienna: American Studies Center at Warsaw University, 1990).

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • "Intercultural Studies: The Methodological Contours of an Emerging Discipline," in Perspectives on Interculturality: The Construction of Meaning in Relationships of Difference, ed. Michal Jan Rozbicki (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Also published in Italian translation: "Intercultural Studies: Profili metodologici di una nuova disciplina" in Calumet: Intercultural Law and Humanities Review (July 2015).
  • "Cross-Cultural History: Toward an Interdisciplinary Theory," in Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness, eds. Michal Jan Rozbicki and George O.Ndege (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • "Between Private and Public Spheres: Liberty as Cultural Property in Eighteenth-Century British America," in Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America, ed. Robert Olwell and Alan Tully (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
  • Six chapters in Historia Stanow Zjednoczonych Ameryki [History of the United States], vol. 1 (1607-1763), ed. Michal J. Rozbicki, gen eds. Andrzej Bartnicki and Donald T. Critchlow (Warsaw: State Academic Publishing House, 1995).
  • "Problems in Understanding and Interpreting Eastern Europe's Transition from Communism to Democracy: an Eastern European's View from America," in Problems of Transition: From Communism to Democracy, ed. S. Victor Papacosma (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1992).
  • "The Cultural Development of the Colonies," in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, eds. Jack P. Greene and J. R. Pole (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991); expanded version in A Companion to the American Revolution, eds., Jack P. Greene and J. R. Pole (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000).
  • "The Contribution of Waclaw Borowy to English Scholarship and Anglo-Polish Cultural Relations," in Studia Anglistyczne, ed. Henryk Zins (Warsaw, 1975).

Graduate Students

  • Scott McDermott
  • Cho-Chien Feng
  • Nathan Caldwell
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