Paulina Napierała received her Ph.D. in political science from Jagiellonian University, Cracow, in 2011. She works at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, JU. Her research explores a variety of issues concerning the role of religion in American politics and public life as well as the history of church-state relations. Currently, she is focusing on the social and political role of the Black Church.
She graduated from Jagiellonian University receiving two M.A. degrees: in International Relations and in Ethnic and Migration Studies. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in English Philology. She also studied in England (University of the West of England, Bristol), and in the USA (Valdosta State University).
She was a grantee of the Kosciuszko Foundation (2015) and the Fulbright Commission (2007-2008), which allowed her to conduct research and consultations at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School. She also received grants and scholarships from the Institute for Human Sciences, ‘IWM’, Vienna (Józef Tischner’s Scholarship 2009) and the J.F. Kennedy Library at Freie Universität Berlin (2006 grant). Thanks to the financial support from her home institution she conducted consultations and library research at Stanford University (2013) and at the University of Michigan, where she additionally participated in the ICPSR summer program (2012). Recently, she received the MINIATURA grant from the National Science Center Poland (for research on the political and social role of African American churches in the American South, 2019).
She gave visiting lectures and presentations at Boston College, Canisius College, Buffalo; Valdosta State University, Vilnius University, University of Ljubljana, University of Catania. She is a member of the Polish Association of International Studies, the Polish Political Science Association and the Jagiellonian Center of Migration Studies. She also works as a managing editor of „Ad Americam. Journal of American Studies.”