Jadwiga Staniszkis (born April 26, 1942 in Warsaw) is a Polish sociologist and political scientist, essayist, a former professor at the University of Warsaw and the Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu (Business School), a Polish campus of National-Louis University.
She is the granddaughter of the interwar politician Witold Teofil Staniszkis who was murderd in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1941 during German occupation of Poland. Jadwiga Staniszkis studied sociology at the Warsaw University Faculty of Philosophy, obtaining a PhD in 1971. In 1978, she completed her habilitation in the humanities, in the department of sociology. Since 1991, she has been working as a university professor.
After her graduation, Staniszkis worked at the Department of Sociology at her alma mater. She actively contributed to political life at the university and was dismissed from the university and arrested for seven months for attending the protests of students and intellectuals against the communist government of the People's Republic of Poland during the 1968 Polish political crisis. She is the author of several books on phenomena of socialism. Her first book about the dialectics of socialist society was translated into Japanese, but the Polish manuscript was confiscated by the secret service (SB) and lost. Her second book on the Solidarity movement has never been translated to Polish due to controversy, although it was published in French (two years before 'original' English edition). The fate of her book about the dynamics of transformation in Poland was similar, as it has not been published in Poland. Most of her works have been published after the transformation of the political system in Poland.
In 2004 Staniszkis was awarded the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science, called the 'Polish Nobel prize' in Poland. On 31 August 2006, President Lech Kaczynski awarded her the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
- Poland's Self-Limiting Revolution (1984)
- “Forms of Reasoning as Ideology”. Telos 66 (Winter 1985-86). New York: Telos Press.
- The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe: The Polish Experience. Berkeley, California: University of Berkely Press, 1991.
- The Ontology of Socialism (1992)
- Post-communism: Emerging Enigma (1999)
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- "Free full text of "The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe"". www.escholarship.org. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
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- Entry in the Polish academic database OPI ("Information Processing Centre")
- Conflict over the Future of Eastern Europe: Russian, Hungarian and Polish Globalists, June 7, 1989 lecture available online via C-Span Video Library