Barbara A Misztal has been appointed to a Chair of Sociology in
the Department of Sociology from August 1, 2002.
received her BA from Warsaw University and her PhD from the Polish
Academy of Sciences (PAN). She then held a
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California (Riverside)
before returning to work at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of PAN.
In 1988 she moved to Australia where she taught social science, politics and
European Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane.
Her broad research interests and her
enthusiasm for interdisciplinary perspectives are reflected
in her major publications, which explore concepts and conceptions
of trust (Trust in Modern Societies, Polity Press, 1996), informality (Informality:
Social Theory and Contemporary Practice, Routledge 2000) and memory (Social
Theories of Remembering, Open University Press, forthcoming). She is also
interested in processes of democratisation and political change, especially in
newly democratic countries.
Professor Barbara Misztal
experience in exploring new ideas and innovative ways of applying
social theory, added to the wide scope of her teaching and research, has
given her a valuable basis for teaching a sociology for the 21st century.
believes that as societies become increasingly 'global' and 'mobile',
only a thoroughgoing international and comparative perspective offers an
opportunity to grasp the contemporary nature of key social problems and
looks forward very much to contributing to the full range
of activities in the Department and to participating in teaching and
research collaborations with her new colleagues.
is married to a social anthropologist and has a daughter who will complete
high school this year and a son who has just finished his undergraduate
studies in the USA.