University of Oxford, DPhil History, 2019
Kingston University & Design Museum, MA Curating Contemporary Design, 2010
University of Łódź, Poland, MA History of Art, 2008
Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK), 2017
I am a cultural historian and at the centre of my research is design history of Eastern Europe. In particular, I am interested in the role of design in constructing the national identities of socialist states, with Poland being the main focus, through the prism of industrial exhibitions and trade fairs. This was the subject of my doctoral research (University of Oxford, 2019) that I am currently turning into a book. Tentatively titled Exhibiting the socialist state. Polish design and national identity during the Cold War, the manuscript argues that in the balancing act of defining what was socialist and what was national and specifically Polish, the political authorities resorted to design.
My doctoral research formed a backbone of a thematic exhibition 'Back to front. Polish exhibitions on show', which I curated for the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in April 2018.
My new project continues this investigation into industrial exhibitions' political potential, placing coal at the forefront of this inquiry. By examining the complex relationship between natural resources, industrial products and national identity, the project seeks to explain Poland’s and Australia's longstanding reliance on this increasingly problematic material resource.
I am a Lecturer in Design History and Theory, and since 2019 I have been developing together with Dr Lazzaro Rezende a comprehensive programme in history and theory of design. Before joining UNSW, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London across Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and Chelsea College of Art and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.
UNSW The Associate Dean of Research Philanthropic grant, 2021 UNSW Faculty Research Grant, 2019 Design History Society research and conference grants, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012 Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for the doctoral research, 2015–17 Student Travel and Research (STAR) Grants, St Antony’s College, 2018 and 2016 The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies Internship grant, the National Museum, Warsaw, 2015 Oxford Noble Foundation scholarship, 2014 Polish Culture around the World grant, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, 2014 and 2012 Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship, 2012