Andrzej Mencwel (1940) – Professor emeritus, historian of Polish Culture, writer. In 1963–1968 he was a graduate student at the Department of Polish Studies University of Warsaw. In 1976, he began working as a lecturer in the Faculty of Polish Culture. He was the Head of the Faculty between 1991 and 1998. In 1998, he became head of the newly formed Institute of Polish Culture and fulfilled this role till 2005. Between 2005 and 2008 he was the Head of the Academic Board at the Institute. Member of the University of Warsaw Senate in 2002–2005, 2005–2008. Honored with the University of Warsaw Medal.
Author of books: Sprawa sensu [The Issue of Sense] (1971), Stanisław Brzozowski – kształtowanie myśli krytycznej [Stanisław Brzozowski – Constructing Critical Thought] (1976), Widziane z dołu [Seen from Below] (1980), Etos lewicy. Esej o narodzinach kulturalizmu polskiego [Ethos of the Left. Essay about the Birth of Polish Culturalism] (1990, 2009), Przedwiośnie czy potop. Studium postaw polskich w XX wieku [The Spring to Come or Flood. A Study of 20th Century Polish Attitudes] (1997, PEN-Club Prize), „No! Io non sono morto…” Jak czytać „Legendę Młodej Polski” [„No! Io non sono morto…” How to Read the „Legend of Young Poland”] (2001), Kaliningrad, moja miłość [Kaliningrad, My Love] (2003, German and Russians translations), Wyobraźnia antropologiczna. Próby i studia [Anthropological Imagination] (2006, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay Prize, Ukrainian and Serbian translations], Stanisław Brzozowski. Postawa krytyczna. Wiek XX [Stanisław Brzozowski. Critical Thought. 20th Century] (2014). Editor of academic readers „Knowledge about Culture” between 1988 and 2011 and the University of Warsaw Press series „Communicare” since 2005. Recipient of the „Master” program of Foundation of Polish Science (1994–1997) and leader of the grant „Polish 20th century Cultural Thought”, which resulted in the reader „Polish Culturology of the 20th Century” (2013), available on the website: www.kulturologia.uw.edu.pl. He teaches the graduate seminar on history of Polish culture.