Professor Nawrocki
Iwa Nawrocki, Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities

  • University of South Florida Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Co-editor with Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Poland and Polin: New Interpretations in Polish-Jewish Studies (Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang, 2016)
  • Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Dissertation Fellowship
  • Princeton University Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship
  • Brazilian Studies Association Jon M. Tolman Award


Iwa Nawrocki is a global historian of modern Latin America, with a primary focus on Brazil and the Southern Cone, and parallel interests in Central America, Cuba, and the Soviet Bloc. Her research centers on activists and intellectuals who led national and transnational campaigns for democracy, human rights, and social justice. Through their stories, she investigates how ideas and ideals have shaped national and international politics and social orders. Her broader research interests include the relationship between activism and democratization, intellectuals and social movements, and ethics and politics. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Princeton University with a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies.

Professor Nawrocki taught Global and Latin American History at Princeton University, McGill University, and the University of South Florida. This experience strengthened her commitment to writing and communication pedagogy as a necessary complement to historical training. Joining Minerva has enabled her to take this commitment a step further; she is excited to accompany students as they explore how thinking and communicating about the past can help them “make history.”