Born on 11 February 1969 in Białystok. Studied history in 1988-1994, first at the Białystok Branch of the University of Warsaw (2 years), then at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw. 1994 MA on the basis of a dissertation entitled “Kwestye polityczne, obojętne Franciszka Radzewskiego”. 1994-1999: doctoral student at the Faculty of History, University of Warsaw. 1996: 6-month DAAD scholarship, Dresden. 1999: PhD on the basis of a thesis entitled “Sejm 1719-20 a sprawa ratyfikacji traktatu wiedeńskiego z 5 I 1719 r.” (published in 2003). Since 2000 at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw, as assistant professor. 1996-1997: State Research Committee grant (no. 1 HO1G 073 10) for research into Polish-Russian relations in the 18th century; 2002-2005: Foundation for Polish Science grant (both programmes headed by Prof. Zofia Zielińska). Member of the Polish Society for Eighteen Century Studies. 2013: post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) at the Faculty of History, University of Warsaw.
Research interests: history of the Polish-Saxon union, especially August II’s foreign policy as seen against the background of general history, history of Polish parliamentarism and political culture of the nobility in the so-called Saxon period (1697-1763). This basic research is to establish the main facts relating to the political history as well as objectives and directions of the diplomatic game of the period. It includes the reign of August II (1697-1733), so far not examined thoroughly in Polish historiography, and, above all, Poland’s and Saxony’s relations with Russia, Prussia, Austria, and, to a lesser extent, England or France. The studies constitute a basis for further research into the causes of the multifaceted crisis of Poland in the 18th century, the origins of the partitions, sources of political divisions at the time and the significance of Poland’s cause to the international balance of power.