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Columbia College Chicago
Ann Hetzel Gunkel

Ann Hetzel Gunkel

Ann Hetzel Gunkel, PhD, is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. Gunkel received her doctorate in Philosophy from De Paul University. She teaches "Introduction to Cultural Studies," "Urban Images in Media & Film, Food and Culture," "Philosophical Issues in Film," "Postmodernism & Posthumanism in Theory & Practice," "Cultural Studies Capstone I: Proposal Writing," and "Cultural Studies Capstone II: Research Project." She is a founding member and past Director of the innovative program in Cultural Studies, a leading center for undergraduate research and pedagogy in the field. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, the most recent of which was her role Visiting Professor of American Cultural Studies at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.She is the recipient of the highly competitive interdisciplinary HARMONIA grant for her research project, "Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era", an International Research Project funded by the the Polish National Science Center, 2012-2014.

An interdisciplinary Humanities scholar who’s trained in Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Dr. Gunkel has wide research and teaching specializations, including in Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture, New Media Criticism, Polish and Polish Diaspora Studies, and Postmodernism. She has lectured widely in North America, Russia, Western, and Eastern Europe. Her recent publications include work on popular culture, urban religion, cyberculture, food and culture, pedagogy, and ethnic music.

She is an Editorial Board Member of the journals Ad Americam (Poland); Polish American Studies (US) and Cultural Landscapes (US). Dr. Gunkel is a native Chicagoan, active in Cultural Studies and Polish American Studies; winner of the prestigious Joseph V. Swastek and Creative Arts Prizes in the latter field. An award-winning designer of educational multimedia, Dr. Gunkel is a public intellectual who has appeared frequently in national and local media. She is also published documentary photographer and award-winning graphic designer; her digital artworks have been widely published and exhibited. She lives with her family in a 1928 Chicago bungalow.

For more information on Dr. Gunkel, please visit her website: annhetzelgunkel.com.

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Dr. Ann Hetzel Gunkel
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL