Anita Starosta Ph.D.

Anita Starosta, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor in Polish and English


  1. Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
  2. B.A. Cornell University


In her research, Dr. Starosta focuses on language and literature in 20th-century and contemporary Eastern Europe, with special interest in formal experiment and translation. She is the author of Form and Instability: Eastern Europe, Literature, and Postimperial Difference (Northwestern UP, 2016) and co-editor of Second-Hand Europe, a special issue of the journal boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture (2014). Her current project is a translation of selected essays by Polish philosopher and public intellectual Józef Tischner.

Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Starosta taught at UC Santa Cruz, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.