Dr. Katarzyna Jakubiak

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Katarzyna Jakubiak

Contact Information


Office: McComsey 353
Phone: 717-871-5699

Spring 2024

M: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
W: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
F: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

On Sabbatical Fall 2021. Email Department Chair for assistance. 


  • M.A. in English Philology, Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland 1997
  • M.A. in English, University of Northern Iowa, 1999
  • Ph.D. in English Studies, Illinois State University, 2006.


  • Translation studies (with a focus on the politics of literary translation)
  • African diaspora literatures
  • Critical theory

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 110: English Composition
  • ENGL 230: Introduction to literature 
  • ENGL 237: Literary Research and Analysis
  • ENGL 241H Topics in World Literature
  • ENGL 333: African American Literature I
  • ENGL 413: British Literature Since 1914
  • ENGL 414 The English Novel 20th Century
  • ENGL 430: Ethnic American Literature since 1940
  • ENGL 613: Modern British Fiction 
  • WRIT 312: Technical Writing
  • WRIT 316: Business Writing
  • UNIV 103: Who Am I?


  • The treatment of race in international theatrical translations
  • Contemporary British, American and World Literatures
  • Creative Writing

Passions and Distractions:

  • My daughter and son
  • Writing
  • Translation
  • Traveling

Sample Publications: 

  • "Teaching Dutchman from an International Perspective.Approaches to Teaching Baraka's Dutchman. Ed. Gerald Early and Matthew Calihman. MLA Pedagogy Series, 2015.
  • "Translation's Deceit: Czesław Miłosz and Negro Spirituals. Przekładaniec. Journal of Literary   Translation. 25 (2013): 199-220.
  • "The Black Body in Translation: Polish Productions of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in the 1960s." Theatre Journal, 63.4 (December 2011): 541-569.
  • "Simulated Optimism: The International Marketing of White Teeth." In Zadie Smith: Critical Essays. Ed. Tracey Walters. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 201-218
  • "Performing Son and Blues: Langston Hughes and Ben Frederic Carruthers' Translation of Motivos de son." In Cognition in Language. Volume in Honor of Professor El?bieta Tabakowska, Eds.W?adys?aw Ch?opicki, Andrzej Pawelec, Agnieszka Pokojska, Cracow Tertium Society for the Promotion of Language Studies, 2007
  • "Challenging the Cold War Legacy: Translating African America Literature into Polish." In Americas' Worlds and the World's Americas. Eds. Amaryll Chanady, George Handley, Patrick Imbert. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2006. 247-256.
  • "Between a Failure and a New Creation: (Re)reading Yusef Komunyakaa's 'The Beast & Burden' in the Light of Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic." Callaloo, Vol 28.3 (Summer 2005): 865-881.