B. 1967; PhD 1999, University of Warsaw; post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) 2011 (also UW). Scholarships from the Garstka Fellowship Fund, Deutcher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and Fulbright Programme. Awards include the Prime Minister Award for the best post-doctoral thesis (2012). Member of the editorial board of Afryka (since 1995), member of the Management Board of the Polish Society of African Studies.