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Ewa Chmielewska
Visiting Assistant Professor of Language and Culture Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2443 Office Location: Seabury Hall S012
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Trinity College faculty member since 2017
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., New York Univ. (2019)
M.A., Univ. Colorado at Boulder (2011)
M.D., Medical Univ. of Gdansk Poland (2008)
B.A., Medical Univ. of Gdansk Poland (2008)

Ewa Chmielewska earned her bachelor and M.D. degrees at the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. Upon completing a one year medical internship in Gdansk, she came to the U.S. where she obtained her M.A. in Spanish at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her M.A. she specialized in Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature, as well as Latin American 20th- and 21st-century literature. Currently she is completing her Ph.D. at the New York University with a dissertation titled “Epistemology of Love: Ethics, Animality and Conversion in the 14th to 16th centuries. Between Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial,” which explores the representations of love in late medieval and Renaissance Iberian texts from a Mediterranean and Transatlantic approach, and analyzes the role of love discourse in ethics, political theory, and medicine, exploring its participation in emerging disputes of the period on questions such as animality, otherness, free will, natural law, conversion, or sovereignty.

Ewa teaches all levels of Spanish language, as well as courses on Spanish and Latin American cultures and literatures. Before coming to Trinity, she taught at CU Boulder, Fordham University, Mercy College and NYU. Both in her teaching and her research she is interested in an interdisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on intersections of science and humanities. In her language and culture classes she invites students to consider learning a foreign language and culture as an activity radically based on approaching otherness, which necessarily involves stepping out of one´s own comfort zone. She designs strategies to ensure that the students develop their intellectual independence, find their own voice, and transform the classroom into a dynamic and diverse space of learning and perceiving reality.