Slawomir Sierakowski

Understanding Nationalism and Populism in Eastern Europe

Mr. Sławomir Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist, political analyst, and founding leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw (established in 2012), and a senior fellow at the German Council for Foreign Relations (DGAP). He has previously held fellowships at Yale, Princeton, Harvard, the German Marshall Fund, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Mr. Sierakowski became a contributing author for the New York Times in 2013 and a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate in 2015. In Poland, he is a weekly columnist for the largest Polish portal,, and a political commentator in Polityka weekly. As such, he has been cited as one of the most influential Poles within the mainstream Polish press. During his fellowship, Mr. Sierakowski is conducting research and writing on the particular character of nationalism and populism in Eastern Europe.