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Dr. Suava (Slawomira) Zbierski-Salameh is the founder and director of the Haverford Institute of Public Sociology.  She served for several years at Haverford College on the steering committee for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and on the advisory board for the Study Abroad Program. Born in Poland, she received a PhD in sociology at UC Berkeley. She taught at UC Berkeley and Haverford College. She is the author of Bitter Harvest: Antecedents and Consequences of Property Reform in Postsocialist Poland (Lexington Books, 2013). Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, and books, including Uncertain Transitions (1999). Areas of interest include: political sociology, economic sociology, sociology of health and illness, and rural sociology. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and International Sociological Association. As head of the HIPS she collaborates with the president of ISA on its Presidential Initiatives focused on advancing young sociologists from the global periphery and on combating social violence, particularly against women.


Prof. Rafal Drozdowski is the director of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Areas of interest include: theoretical sociology, sociology of everyday life, and visual sociology. He is the author of Labor Market in Poland: Perception, Expectations and Adjustment Strategies (Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznan, Poland, 2002);  Insulted by Images; Strategies of the Social Resistance to the Dominant Images (Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznan, Poland, 2006). His articles have appeared in numerous journals and books in Poland.  He is a co-founder and director of a research-consulting group, Public Profits, operating in Poznan, Poland.

Prof. Krzysztof Podemski is the author of The Images and Visions of the Polish Society in the National Press during 1981 (Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznan, Poland, 2005); and Sociology of Travel (Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznan, Poland, 2005). Formerly he served as the assistant provost of the social science division at the University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland. His articles have appeared in many books in the West, and include “The Nature of Society and Social Conflict as Depicted in the Polish Press in 1981,” in The Reemergence of Civil Society in Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, ed. Z. Rau (Westview Press, Boulder – Oxford, 1991); and “Socio-Cultural Obstacles to Community Participation in Poland,” in Local Government in Eastern Europe. Establishing Democracy at the Grassroots, ed. A. Coulson (Edward Elgar, Aldershot – Brookfield, 1995). He is a member of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR). His research areas are qualitative sociology, social inequality, sociology of markets, and cultural sociology.

Prof. Zbigniew Wozniak heads the division of social work within the Institute of Sociology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. He has authored multiple publications, including: Social Position and the Needs of the Polish Peasants in the Retirement Years as Reflected by the Structure and Functions of the Peasant Family (UAM Poznan, Poland, 1979); and Socio-medical Aspects of Family Functions.  (UAM, Poznan, Poland, 1991). He is also the author of numerous electronic articles in Poland. His research areas are the sociology of aging, sociology of life course, sociology of health and illness, public health, sociology of local communities and non-governmental organizations, and social work. He has served as an advisor to various city, local, and state governmental agencies in Poznan, Poland and in the Wielkopolska region in Poland. He is a co-founder and co-director of a Poznan foundation, People for People, and is a member of the Polish Gerontological Association and the Polish Public Health Association.