Jolanta Wrobel Best
Jolanta Wrobel Best holds double degrees in Polish Language and Literature as well as Philosophy from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, where she worked as an assistant professor. During her studies, she was awarded an opportunity to study Polish Language and Literature (specialty in Theatrical Sciences) individually with the distinguished professors/tutors (Jan Błoński and Maria Podraza-Kwiatkowska) and take up parallel (full-time) studies in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined Polish modernism (Tadeusz Miciński) and Henri Bergson’s philosophy. It probed the idea of time and stressed Bergson’s impact on Polish Symbolist drama. The dissertation was given a publishing award and printed as a book (Kraków: Universitas, 1999; 2012). Dr. Wrobel Best’s research interests include a comprehensive approach to Polish studies, teaching Polish as a second language in America, women’s studies, and translation. She also presents at ASEEES and PIASA conferences in the USA. Currently, she has a faculty appointment in Philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown in Houston, Texas.