- Fulbright Award (2013)
Justyna earned a B.A at Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. She obtained a Master of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD from Harvard University.
Her teaching career has taken her to: Sewanee University, TN; Harvard University; New York University; University of Toronto and IU, where she worked in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Beginning in 2015, she became Assistant Director and Undergraduate Advisor at Kansas University for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Professor Beinek's areas of interest include Russian, Polish, and comparative literature, cultural studies, Romanticism, film, and gender studies, as well as post-communist cultures and memory politics. More specifically, her research has focused on topics such as representations of the body, the phenomenon of imagined geographies, as well as issues of national and gender identity.
In addition to her Fulbright Award, Professor Beinek's research and teaching have been supported by fellowships and grants from the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Kościuszko Foundation, and other institutions. For excellence in teaching, Professor Beinek was awarded the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2010.