Education: Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman studied Polish philology at Warsaw University (Poland), German philology at the University of Tubingen (Germany) and was awarded a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures at Columbia University (New York) in 1986. Her research interests covered different aspects of Polish literature of 20th century including the Polish literary avant-garde movement of the interwar period in the European context as well as relations between literature and politics in the Communist Poland.
Prior work: Before moving to ESF, since the beginning of the political transformation in Poland in 1990, she was working with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Research developing and managing EU and other international organisations assistance programmes for reforms in higher education and research sectors. Between 1997 and 2003 she was Director for University Advancement at Warsaw University. Between November 2008 and September 2010 she was Head of the Humanities Unit in ESF. She joined ESF in 2003 where initially her main areas of responsibility were ESF Forward Looks and quality assurance of peer review and research funding processes.
Current employment/responsibilities: In the period October 2010 – December 2012 Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman was Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Unit, European Science Foundation (ESF), Strasbourg, France where she continues as Senior Science Officer for both domains.
Areas of research interest: Her key areas of expertise are research and higher education policy and management in the international context.