Arkady Rzegocki (PhD) is a political scientist, professor of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, specialising in Polish and English political thought, the concept of national interest (raison d’État), as well as the issue of soft power. He studied at the Jagiellonian University and University College Dublin, conducted research in Denver (Colorado, USA), at universities in Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Florence, and was a Visiting Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 2014.
From 1996 to 2010 he was an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Political and Legal Doctrines of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University. Since 2010 he has been a Professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
As the Ambassador of Poland to the United Kingdom, for many years he was actively promoting knowledge of Poland in the United Kingdom. From 2011 to 2016 he was a Professor of the Polish University Abroad in London (PUNO). He has been the initiator and the first director of the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London that has been operating since 2011. From 2011 to 2015 he was the leader of the postgraduate course “Polish-British Strategic Partnership in the EU and NATO”, organised jointly by PUNO and the Jagiellonian University. He was a councillor for the City of Krakow from 2014 to 2016 where he headed the Commission of Innovation and European Funds of the City Council.
He was a member of academic and civic organisations: EpsNet, Polish Association of Political Science, Polish Association of Political Thought, The Jagiellonian Club, The Center for Political Thought. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Historical Preservation Committee in Krakow (SKOZK). He is the founder of “Pressje” journal and he was its editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2011.
He speaks English and Russian. His wife Jolanta Rzegocka (PhD) is an English philologist and theatre historian. She knows Lithuanian and Russian and basics of French and Hungarian. The couple have three daughters.