Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Assistant Professor, Institute of Scandanavian Studies, University of Gdansk, Poland
Marta Grzechnik is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Gdansk, Poland. She is a historian with research interest in the twentieth century history of the Baltic Sea region and north-eastern Europe, regional history, history of historiography, history of colonialism. She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2010. Between 2012 and 2016 she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands" at the University of Greifswald in Germany. Her publications include: "Regional histories and historical regions. The concept of the Baltic Sea region in Polish and Swedish historiography" (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012) and "Beyond the Sea. Reviewing the Manifold Dimensions of Water as Barrier and Bridge", edited together with Heta Hurskainen (Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2015).
During her stay at the WCFIA, Marta Grzechnik will study the Polish interwar colonial aspirations, as means of gaining recognition as equal to Western European powers. The project shows that the system of European colonialism affected also the nations not directly involved in overseas expansion.