Geneviève Zubrzycki

Professor of Sociology, Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, University of Michigan

Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

She's the author of the award-winning The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press, 2006), which examines the relationship between Polish nationalism and Catholicism, with specific attention to memory wars and the contested use of religious symbols by ultranationalist Poles at Auschwitz. Her research focuses on Holocaust memory in Poland, Polish-Jewish relations, antisemitism, philosemitism and the revival of Jewish communities in contemporary Poland. She is currently completing a book on the on-going revival of Jewish communities in Poland and non-Jewish Poles’ interest in all things Jewish.

Zubrzycki has also authored Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which is a historical ethnography and visual sociology of the formation and transformation of national identity in Quebec and an analysis of current debates over immigration and secularism in that society. It received the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Book Award from the Political Sociology Section (2017)


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan


  • 2002 
    The University of Chicago, Ph.D Sociology