Magdalena J. Zaborowska (B.A., M.A., Warsaw University, Poland ; Ph.D., University of Oregon ), is a Professor in the Departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Her research and teaching fields include literary and cultural studies; approaches to intersections of social space and transatlantic discourses on race, nationality, (queer) sexuality, and gender; African American literature (esp., James Baldwin); immigrant ethnicities, feminist, and critical race theory; and post-totalitarian East-Central Europe. She has taught and been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, Furman University, Tulane University, Aarhus University in Denmark, University of Italy in Cagliari (Sardinia) and Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier in France.
Her books include Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France (Duke UP, 2018) the MLA award-winning James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile (Duke UP 2009) and How We Found America: Reading Gender through East European Immigrant Narratives (University of North Carolina Press, 1995). She edited and co-edited the collections Other Americans, Other Americas: The Politics and Poetics of Multiculturalism (Aarhus University Press, 1998), The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature (Routledge, 2001), and Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures in the East-West Gaze (Indiana University Press, 2004).
Her current projects include curating a unique archive of images of James Baldwin's former home and its contents, now in development as a virtual writer's museum and curricular resource at the University of Michigan. She has been collaborating on a similar project with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, NMAAHC/Smithsonian. These projects are the subject of an e-book monograph in progress, Archiving James Baldwin’s House.
Two other books in the works include Racing Borderlands – on the intersectionalities of literary representations of racialized national identities, museums, and culture animation projects across the Atlantic – and a stab at transnational intellectual life writing, whose title has not as yet revealed itself.