Michal Kaczmarczyk

Professor of Sociology, University of Gdansk

Michal Kaczmarczyk studied law and sociology at the University of Gdansk and received his
Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Afterwards he was
appointed Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of
Gdansk. In 2010, he received a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship and taught at the University
at Buffalo, NY, in 2011–2012. In 2013, he received his habilitation at the Jagiellonian University
in Kraków and was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Gdansk. During his
academic work, he was awarded several scholarships, including research stays at the Max-Weber-
Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Erfurt (2008) and at the Albert-Ludwigs-
Universität Freiburg (2014). Both in Poland and abroad, he gives numerous lectures and organize
s seminars on the sociology of law and sociological theories.

Kaczmarczyk’s publications include An Introduction into a Sociological Theory of Property (in Polish
, 2006), for which he has been awarded the Ludwik Krzywicki Prize by the Polish Academy of Sciences,
and Civil Disobedience and the Concept of Law (in Polish, 2010). He has translated into Polish several
major theoretical works, including Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems (2007) and Talcott Parsons’ The
Social System
(2009). For the latter, he has been awarded a prize by the Polish Sociological Association.

During his stay at SCAS, Kaczmarczyk will work on the problem of determinism in sociological theory,
focusing on the ideas of classical pragmatism and the evolving picture of man in sociological literature.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2015-16.