Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann was born in Lublin, Poland. She attended Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin and in 1984 received an MA with Honors in history, with a minor in archival studies. She worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UMCS till 1988, when she immigrated to the U.S. While in the doctoral program at the University of Minnesota, Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann worked as a research assistant at the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and published several archival inventories to the IHRC manuscript collections. In 1997, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, after studying American immigration and ethnic history with Professor Rudolph J. Vecoli. The same year Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann began working in the Department of History at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT, where she is now a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History.
In 2004, Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann published The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956(Ohio University Press, 2004), which was awarded the Polish American Historical Association’s (PAHA) Oskar Halecki Prize for the best book on Polish American topics. She also published on different aspects of the Polish postwar political Diaspora in the U.S.; two of her articles received PAHA’s Swastek awards in 2002 and 2003.
Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann’s articles appeared, among others, in The Polish Review; Polish American Studies; Przegląd Polonijny; Journal of American Ethnic History; The History of Education Quarterly; Cultural and Social History; OstEuropa; and PNCC Studies, as well as in several collected works. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann served as Associate Editor of The Polish American Encyclopedia, ed. James S. Pula (McFarland, 2011).
In 2014, Lexington Books published Letters from Readers in Polish American Press, 1902-1969: A Corner for Everybody, edited by Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, translated by Theodore L. Zawistowski and Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. This book is a unique collection of close to five hundred letters from Polish American readers, which were published in the Polish-language weekly Ameryka-Echo between 1902 and 1969. In these letters, Polish immigrants speak in their own words about their American experience, and vigorously debate religion, organization of their community, ethnic identity, American politics and society, and ties to the homeland. The translated letters are annotated and divided into thematic chapters with narrative introductions. Letters from Readers were awarded PAHA’s Oskar Halecki Prize in 2015.
The Polish Hearst: Ameryka-Echo and the Public Role of the Immigrant Press, (University of Illinois Press : 2015), takes a look at the unexplored world of ethnic publishing and the immigrant “rags-to-riches” life story of Antoni A. Paryski, a creator of a publishing and press empire in American Polonia. Paryski’s bold decision to include readers-generated content in the weekly resulted in the creation of the public sphere and forged the establishment of the long-lasting community of readers-writers among Polish immigrants in the United States and the Polish Diaspora.
Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann’s research in progress focuses on the history of Polish American community in Connecticut, issues of interethnic relations, and memory and commemoration.
Since January 2015, Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann serves as Editor-in-Chief of Polish American Studies, a scholarly journal published since the 1940s by the Polish American Historical Association (www.polishamericanstudies.org) , and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of American Ethnic History.
She is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, Social Science History Association, Immigration and Ethnic History Society. She served on the Board of Directors of the Piłsudski Institute for Research; and on the Board of Directors of Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic, CT. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences. In 2004-7, Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann served as first Vice President of the Polish American Historical Association, and in 2007-09 as President of the Polish American Historical Association.
In 2006, she received the American Council of Polish Culture’s award for The Exile Mission and other works on the Polish political Diaspora. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Award from the Piłsudski Institute. In 2011 she was awarded PAHA’s Miecislaus Haiman Medal for sustained contribution to Polish American studies, and in 2014, PAHA’s Distinguished Service Award.
At ECSU, Dr. Kirchmann teaches a variety of courses on American history, especially in the more recent periods. Several of her courses focus on different aspects of immigration and ethnic history, immigrant women’s experience, immigrants in Connecticut and New England. She also directs student internships at the Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic, CT. In 2014, she became Distinguished Professor of History at ECSU, and currently serves as Chair of the Department of History.
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