Anna Krakus

Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2735
Office: THH 255

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A. Comparative literature, New York University
  • B.A. Comparative literature, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Ph.D. Comparative literature, New York University, 2012

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    My primary research focus is on Polish cinema and literature during late communism. I specifically write about the works of Andrzej Wajda and Tadeusz Konwicki, alongside Stanislaw Lem, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Wislawa Szymborska. I also write about East European cinema post-1989. I have researched and published on the topics of the secret police files in Poland and archive theory, and I teach and do research within the fields of law and literature and law and humanities.
    Research Keywords
    Poland, Cinema, literature, East Europe, Secret Police files, Archive Theory, Law and Literature, Law and Humanities


    Book Chapter
    • Krakus, A. (2013). "I Hereby Find You Guilty of Cheating: How Television Judges Give Personal Problems Legal Dimentions". Intersections of Law an Culture Palgrave Macmillan.

    Book Review
    • Krakus, A. (2016). Joanna Nizynska, The Kingdom of Insignificance, Miron Bialoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic. SEEJ.
    • Krakus, A. (2016). Jukka Gronow, Sergey Zhuravlev, Fashion Meets Socialism: Fashion Industry in the Soviet Union after the Second World War. Baltic Worlds.

    Journal Article
    • Krakus, A. (2015). Revealing the Past: The Formerly Secret Police Files in Poland and Andrzej Wajda’s Counter-Archive. Perspectives on Europe.
    • Krakus, A. (2011). "Crime Stories: The Polish Secret Police File and the Conflation of the Legal and the Literary". Law and Humanities. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 197-207.

    • Krakus, A. (2014). The Uses and Abuses of Censorship: An Interview with Andrzej Wajda. Cineaste.

    Honors and Awards

    • Fulbright Award, 2006-2007