Joanna Rydzewska graduated with an MA Honours degree from the University of Lodz, where she also taught at the Department of American Studies and Mass Media (Award for Teaching Excellence).
Before joining the Department of Media and Communication as a lecturer, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Department of Rhetoric and Film, University of California, Berkeley.
She has participated in several international network research projects: The EU Framework 5 Thematic Network: The European Research Network on Men in Europe ‘The Social Problem and Societal Problematisation of Men and Masculinities’; ATHENA (Advanced Thematic Network for Activities in Women’s Studies in Europe); and NOISE (the Network of Interdisciplinary Studies in Europe).
She is a member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is currently writing a book on Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski Scultpting Stories: The Cinema of Pawel Pawlikowski for Columbia University Press (2017).