Alexandra Kowalski is a comparative-historical sociologist and social theorist whose research interests center on the history of policies and politics of culture. She received her PhD from New York University, and holds an MA in Sociology (NYU) as well as an MA in the Epistemology of the Social Sciences (Sorbonne-Paris-IV). She recently held a Fung Fellowship at the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. She was previously a Florence Gould Fellow (Council for European Studies); visiting faculty at McGill University's Department of Media and Art History; and visiting scholar at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. Recent publications deal with UNESCO's World Heritage program, the decentralization of policies of patrimoine in France, and Hungary's Holocaust memory. She has also worked and published on sexuality and everyday culture in Germany and France, the Arts and Crafts movement, and TV and nationalism in the French heritage movement.
At the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology and at the Cultural Heritage Program Kowalski regularly teaches the following courses: Sociology and Anthropology of the State; State, knowledge, experts; State/culture; Politics of Memory and Heritage; Contemporary Social Theory.