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Marta Grzechnik

German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2018-2019


Marta Grzechnik

Marta Grzechnik is an assistant professor at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Gdańsk. As a historian, her research interests focus on the histories of colonialism, historiography, and the Baltic Sea region of the 20th century. Grzechnik received her Ph.D. in history and civilization from the European University Institute in 2010. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region” at the University of Greifswald from 2012 and 2016.

While at CES, Grzechnik will analyze how a newly independent Poland pursued colonial aspirations to earn the recognition of Western European powers during the inter-war years. As a nation on the European periphery, Poland tried to emulate the practices and narratives of leading European colonial powers. The research will expand the understanding of modern European history by demonstrating that the colonial system even affected countries that were not directly involved in overseas expansion.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Scandinavian Studies, University of Gdańsk
  • German Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Colonialism on the margins: Polish colonial plans in the interwar period




  • Marta Grzechnik. Beyond the sea. Reviewing the manifold dimensions of water as barrier and bridge. (Cologne-Weimar-Vienna: Böhlau, 2015.)
  • Marta Grzechnik. Regional histories and historical regions: The concept of the Baltic Sea region in Polish and Swedish historiographies. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012.)