Dr Magdalena Góra



Permanent position

Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University


Magdalena Góra, Ph.D., earned her degree in Political Science from Jagiellonian University (MA 2000). Her PhD (2007) was on the relations between Poland and Israel after the Second World War. From 2007 onwards she has been researcher at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University, primarily concentrating her work on two main topics: (1) collective identification changes in the European Union after Enlargement and its influence on democracy in the multinational European polity. (2) The changes in foreign policy and International Relations in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of European integration.

Magdalena participates in several research projects and currently she works as a researcher dealing with the problems of identity formation and enlargement within the RECON. Reconstituting Democracy in Europe Integrated Project supported by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. Since 2009 she is involved in the educational and scientific project ‘Europeanisation and Governance in Central and Eastern Europe' conducted at the Institute of European Studies financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Financial Mechanism. Since 2010, she is a member of the research project Religion at the European Parliament (RelEP), funded by Conseil de la Recherche de l'Université libre de Bruxelles and Fonds National de la recherche scientifique belge. In 2010 she was awarded a research grant for the individual project "The new EU member states and the future of the European integration" funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Financial Mechanism.

Her research interests include: contemporary Polish foreign policy; European foreign policy; enlargement of the European Union, identity formation and European integration; Polish-Jewish and Polish-Israeli relations.

Selected publications

  1. 2010, "Between Old Fears and New Challenges. The Polish Debate on Europe" (co-authored with Z. Mach), in: European Stories. How National Intellectuals Debate Europe, J. Lacroix, K. Nikolaidis (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. 2010, Collective Identity and Democracy. The Impact of EU Enlargement (co-edited with Z. Mach), RECON Report no 12.

  3. 2010, "Identity formation, democracy and European integration" (co-authored with Z. Mach), in: Collective Identity and Democracy. The Impact of EU Enlargement (co-edited with Z. Mach), RECON Report no 12.

  4. 2010, "Challenges for Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe", in: Liberty and Society in an enlarged Europe, Robert Posłajko (ed.), Kraków: European Liberal Forum.

  5. 2009, "Reconstituting democracy in Europe and constituting the European demos?" (co-authored with Z. Mach and H. Trenz), in: RECON Theory in Practice, E.O Eriksen, J. E Fossum (eds), RECON Report no 8.

  6. 2007, Wybrane aspekty polityki Izraela, Stanów Zjednoczonych i Unii Europejskiej wobec Palestyńskiej Władzy Narodowej. 2000-2007 [Selected aspects of the Israel, the United States and the European Union relations with the Palestinian National Authority. 2000-2007], Kraków: Wydawnictwo Księgarnia Akademicka (co-authored with Krzysztof Bojko).

Courses taught at CES

  • EU Foreign and Security Policy: Foreign Policy in the EU
  • EU Integration and Politics in the Balkans
  • Foreign and International Relations in CEE Facing CFSP/ESDPMA Seminar - The European Union and its policies 
  • EU Common Policies and Policy Making
  • Introduction to International Relations