Dr. Abby L. Drwecki

Curriculum Vitae


6025 Estes Street

Arvada, CO 80004

Phone: 618-553-4581




2010                Ph.D. in Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington

Concentrations: Ethnography, Eastern Europe, Gender, Social Movements

Minor: Russian and East European Studies

Dissertation: Dangerous Women: Self-Defense, Gender and Individuation in Post-Socialist Poland.

Received November 30, 2010

2007               M.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington. Received September 30, 2007

2003               B.A.  Butler University, Indianapolis. Received May 23, 2003

 Major: Anthropology

Minor: History

Honors’ Thesis: Individuals in the Web of History: Memory and Identity of Polish Immigrants in Indianapolis

Teaching Experience

Denver Public Schools

 2012-2103        Fourth Grade Classroom Teacher, Richard T. Castro Elementary

Led instruction for a class of 30 students

-Used data to provide differentiated English language acquisition instruction in math

and literacy

-Successfully implemented high-impact instructional strategies in the classroom

2012                Summer ELA Academy- Apprentice Teacher

-Recommended for the classroom after completing a rigorous pre-service training

program through Denver Teaching Fellows.

-Trained in high-impact instructional and classroom management techniques

Intensive coaching and teaching observations during ELA Academy experience.

Colorado Community Colleges Online


2012                   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 1 semester

Goddesses and Women in the Ancient World— 1 semester

-Instructed diverse groups of 10-30 students from Colorado community


-Effectively led web-based discussions to develop comprehension and critical thinking

-Developed college-level writing skills through feedback and structured writing


-Provided accommodations to students to ensure equal access in accordance with ADA

-Used student performance data to measure learning, respond to student need, and

differentiate instruction

Denver School of Science and Technology


2011-2012          Substitute Teacher, Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton Campuses

                                 –Consistently provided high-quality educational support for grades 6-12

-Effectively delivered instruction on all class topics to ensure continued learning and


-Successfully developed a culture of high expectation through effective classroom

management strategies and individual student support


Madison Area Technical College


2011                The Anthropology of Globalization and Multiculturalism- 1 semester

                                Position: Instructor of Record

2010                  General Anthropology- 2 semesters

Position: Instructor of Record

Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity- 1 semester

Position: Instructor of Record

-Instructed community college students in core and elective anthropology courses.

-Successfully led classroom discussions, activities, and assessments to effectively teach

social science concepts

-Developed writing and critical thinking skills through explorations of culture

Indiana University-Bloomington

2009                     Laboratory in Ethnography – 1 semester

Position: Instructor of Record


2004-2008         Introduction to Cultural Anthropology– 4 semesters

Position: Discussion Section Instructor

 2006                     Talk, Tales and TV: Africa, Europe and the U.S.- 1 semester

Position: Grading Assistant

2005                     “Lost Tribes and Sunken Treasures” – 1 semester

Position: Discussion Section Instructor

Culture and Society– 1 semester

Position: Grading Assistant

-Facilitated service-learning relationships with community organizations

-Lectured and facilitated discussion,

-Helped students design ethnographic projects

-Designed activities and assignments.

Employment Experience

 2003-2004       Conner Prairie Museum

Position: Historical Interpreter

-Organized activities for adults and children of all ages

-Facilitated learning and experiences for guests of differing abilities and backgrounds.

2002                Indianapolis Museum of Art

Position: Student Intern, Education Department

-Researched African art objects and their cultures of origin

-Wrote informational materials on these artifacts for elementary and middle-school students.

Research Affiliations

2011                Honorary Fellow

University of Wisconsin, Madison

2009-2010        CIC Traveling Scholar

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Methodology training in mixed methods and statistics, networking, guest lectures. Hosted by The Psychology Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Center, Madison, WI.

Fellowships and Grants

  2010                    ACLS Travel Grant for Eastern European Studies

                                American Council of Learned Societies

For travel to the conference “National Bodies in Eastern Europe,” Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, August 2010

2007                Fulbright IIE Dissertation Fellowship

Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland.

For dissertation ethnographic fieldwork in Poland. September 2007-June 2008.

2006                Anthropology Department David C. Skomp Fellowship

Indiana University, Bloomington.

For dissertation proposal feasibility study. June-August 2006.

 2006                Russian and Eastern European Institute Mellon Travel Grant

Indiana University, Bloomington.

For feasibility study travel to Poland. June-August 2006.

 2005                Russian and Eastern European Institute Summer FLAS grant

Indiana University-Bloomington.

For summer language instruction in Krakow, Poland.  June-August 2005.

2004                Office of Women’s Affairs Women in Science Fellowship

Indiana University-Bloomington.

Covered coursework and post-fieldwork year of graduate education.  Included teaching appointment in the Anthropology department.  August 2004-May 2009.

 Research Projects

2007-2008       Women’s Self-Defense in Poland: Femininity and the Body

Dissertation research project- WenDo, Karate, Krav Maga, UnSafe Woman and WSDP courses in Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland

2006                Advocacy and Subject Making at a Women’s NGO                                                    

Project for graduate course in Ethnographic Methods at Middle Way House, Bloomington, IN, USA

2006                Tracking Alternative Feminisms in Poland

Feasibility study for dissertation proposal-Warsaw and Krakow, Poland

 2003                Individuals in the Web of History: Memory and Identity of Polish Immigrants in Indianapolis.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Research Project, Butler University


Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

2011                Technologies of the Self in Polish Women’s Self-Improvement Regimes: Women’s Self Defense Courses.

Presented in absentia at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec.

2010                Body Projects and Women’s Empowerment in Poland.

Presentation at the “National Bodies in Eastern Europe” Conference, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, August 28-29, 2010.

2009                Women, Citizenship, and the Self-Defense of the Polish Nation.

Panel Presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA December 2, 2009

2008                Women’s Sport and Self-Defense in Poland: Intersections of Gender and Class Aspiration.

Panel presentation at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Philadelphia, PA. November 23, 2008

2008                Un-Safe Women: Gender Subversion and Self-Defense in Warsaw

Invited lecture at the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission in Warsaw, Poland. May 10, 2008

2008                A Year of Ethnographic Research in Poland

Invited lecture at the undergraduate seminar Gender Sexuality and the Family, Ethnology and Anthropology Institute, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. May 5, 2008

2007                Playing with Power: Women’s Self-Defense (Dis)Courses in Poland

Panel presentation at the Third Biannual Conference of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, Columbus, OH. April 27, 2007

2007                East, West, and the Elusive Polish Feminist

Panel presentation at the 71st Annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, San Antonio, TX. February 24, 2007.

2006.               Self-Defense Courses in Poland: Preliminary Research

Panel presentation at the David C. Skomp Summer Research Forum, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. October 24, 2006.

Awards and Academic Honors

2007      Women in Science Poster Competition, Second Place, Graduate Division. Indiana University-Bloomington.

2003                Summa Cum Laude, Butler University.

2003                Highest Departmental Honors in Anthropology, Butler University.

2003                Lesley Sharpe Award for Outstanding Fieldwork, Butler University.

2002                Phi Alpha Theta History and Anthropology Honor Society, Butler University.

2002                Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Butler University

 Published Book Reviews

 2007                Review of Timothy Snyder, The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus1569-1999 in Sarmatian Review 28(1): pp. 1366-1367.                                                          


2010                A Woman’s Nature: Femininity and Individual Empowerment in a Polish Women’s Self-Defense Seminar.

Journal of International Women’s Studies. 11(4): pp. 97-114.

2009                ’Everything Depends on Us: Discourses of Collective and Individual Responsibility in Polish Women’s Self-Defense Courses.

Anthropology of East Europe Review. 27(2): pp. 176-192.

Professional Service

 2008-2012       Society for the Anthropology of Europe                                                   

Position: Book Review Editor, H-SAE Listserv

-Reinstituted the book review system to the H-SAE online network

-Created a database of book reviewers

-Assigned, organized and edited book reviews for content and style before publication on the H-Net online system.

2006                Anthropology Graduate Student Association Research Symposium

Indiana University- Bloomington

Position: Volunteer, Panel Chair.

2004         SOYUZ Annual Meeting

Indiana University-Bloomington

Position: Student Volunteer


 2011  Member of the American Ethnological Society

2005-2006, 2009-2011 Member of the American Anthropological Association

2005-2006, 2009-2011 Member of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe

2008-2009 Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

2007-2009 Member of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies

Languages and Relevant Skills

  •  Proficient in Spanish (speaking, reading and writing)
  • Proficient in Polish (speaking, reading and writing)
  • Basic Software Skills: Microsoft Office 2010, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Javascript, HTML
  • Statistical and Data Analysis Software: SPSS, NVivo, Atlas TI


      2012 -ETS Recognition of Excellence for Praxis II: Elementary Education Content Exam perfect


2011, 2003- Contestant on Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Interests and Hobbies

  •  Trivia Competitions- I have been a contestant on two televised game shows.
  • Fitness- Running, Yoga and Triathalons.
  • Gourmet Cooking- I especially like to cook Indian food.

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