Aleksandra Kremer is an associate professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her main area of research and teaching is Polish literature and culture, with special interests in modern poetry, sound studies, cultural history, visual arts, Polish-Jewish relations, migration, and translation.
Before joining Harvard, she taught for three years at the University of Warsaw, and spent one semester as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her studies and research were supported by John F. Cogan Junior Faculty Leave Program; National Science Centre in Poland; University of Warsaw; University of Cambridge; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education; and Corbridge Trust.
Her first book, Przypadki poezji konkretnej. Studia pięciu książek (The Twists and Turns of Concrete Poetry: Case Studies of Five Books), was published in 2015 and focused on the role of books in concrete poetry movement in German-speaking and Anglophone countries and in Poland in the 1950s and 1960s.
Her current book project is titled Poetry Performance in the Shadow of History: Polish Poets, Sound Recordings, and Modern Verse. It is the first book on Polish poetry to treat vinyl records, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, CDs, and radio broadcasts as primary sources, and to combine these audio sources with memoirs, journals, and letters in order to reconstruct the atmosphere and cultural significance of both private and public readings and recordings. The book demonstrates what happens to poetry readings and recordings in the context of war and communism, migration and translation.
She teaches introductory and graduate courses in Polish literature and culture, freshman seminars on experimental poetry, and sophomore tutorials for Slavic concentrators. She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Slavic Department.
PhD, Literary Studies, 2013, University of Warsaw
MPhil, European Literature, 2010, University of Cambridge
BA/MA, English, 2011, University of Warsaw
BA/MA, Polish, 2009, University of Warsaw