Romuald K. Byczkiewicz
Romuald K. Byczkiewicz received his B.A. in History from Central Connecticut State University in 1990 and his M.A. in European History in 1997 from the University of Connecticut. Rom’s regional areas of specialization include Modern Europe with an emphasis on East-Central Europe. More broadly, Rom examines the impact of Ideas in History and how individuals are motivated by and impacted by rational and irrational ideas, especially ideas about modern identity and the role of war and political violence in shaping Modern identity.
Rom has been teaching since then at several area colleges and universities, including ECSU, both World and European survey courses, along with several upper division courses dealing with Modern Europe. These included courses on Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and the Holocaust.
Rom joined the faculty at Central Connecticut State University in Fall 2001 following the death of his mentor, Stanislaus A. Blejwas, and completed teaching Prof. Blejwas’ classes. He has continued teaching at Central since then. He also served as part-time faculty representative to the History Department.
Recently, Rom has completed a completed a project, as part of a grant-funded study financed by the Connecticut Department of Economic Development & Tourism through the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. Rom’s role in the project was to survey the history of Polish immigration to Connecticut and the development of the Polish American community in the state. He also compiled brief histories of Polish American communities throughout the state. The goal of this project is to develop an ethnic heritage trail highlighting Polish American cultural and historical sites in the state.