Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski took up the European Civilization Chair at the College of Europe Natolin campus in Warsaw on 1 August 2014. In his teaching and supervision at the College he aims to facilitate students’ understanding of the history and civilization of all of Europe (east, west, north, south and centre). He acted as Director of Studies for the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme in the summer of 2015.

Richard studied History at the University of Cambridge where he graduated with first-class honours in 1989. Following a year at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, he moved to the University of Oxford to study for his doctorate, which he was awarded in 1994. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford, before becoming Lecturer in Modern European History at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1997. In 2005 he moved to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, where in 2013 he became Professor of Polish-Lithuanian History. He is on leave from UCL in 2014-17, enabling him to hold the European Civilization Chair at Natolin. In 2016 he was awarded the degree of habilitated doctor by the Tadeusz Manteuffel History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with which he has long cooperated.

He edited the journal Central Europe in 2008-10, is a member of the editorial board of several scholarly periodicals, including Slavonic and East European Review, and is currently deputy editor of Poland’s oldest historical journal, Kwartalnik Historyczny. He is a member of the scientific councils of the History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Polish History and the Polish Biographical Dictionary, as well as a long-standing member of the committee of the British-Lithuanian Society. In 2016 he was awarded the bronze medal Gloria Artis for his services to Polish culture by Poland’s Ministry of Culture.

Professor Butterwick-Pawlikowski’s research focuses on the Enlightenment and its critics in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, as well as on the history and culture of one of the most remarkable polities in European history – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795). He is the author of over seventy scholarly publications – monographs, edited volumes, and articles and chapters in refereed journals and collections.

Among his most important publications are:

  • Poland's Last King and English Culture: Stanisław August Poniatowski, 1732-1798 (Oxford: OUP, 1998; revised Polish edition: Warsaw: IBL, 2000);
  • (ed.), The Polish-Lithuanian Monarchy in European Context, c. 1500-1795 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001; Polish translation: Warsaw: Bellona, 2010);
  • ‘Political Discourses of the Polish Revolution, 1788-1792’, English Historical Review, 120 (2005);
  • (ed., with Simon Davies and Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa), Peripheries of the Enlightenment (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, SVEC 2008:1);
  • The Polish Revolution and the Catholic Church, 1788-1792: A Political History (Oxford: OUP, 2012; longer Polish edition: Polska Rewolucja a Kościół katolicki 1788-1792, Kraków: Arcana and Muzeum Historii Polski, 2012).

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+48 22 54 59 404
richard.butterwick [at]
ul. Nowoursynowska 84, PL-02-797 Warszawa
Rectorate, room 5