Mateusz is a Ph.D. student interested in the early modern world with particular focus on environmental history of Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Mediterranean. He participates in Princeton’s Climate Change and History Research Initiative which fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration of social and natural scientists. His most recent piece of scholarship, an article entitled ‘Fear and Abundance. Reshaping of Royal Forests in Sixteenth-century Poland and Lithuania’, addresses the role of forests in early modern statecraft in Europe; it is forthcoming in Environmental History. He is currently polishing a paper about reconfigurations in the agrarian landscape of southeastern Anatolia in the aftermath of the Ottoman conquest. He presented his work on both sides of the Atlantic at ASEH (American Society for Environmental History) and ESEH (European Society for Environmental History) conferences. His other scholarly interests include history of reading, scholarship, and the book as well as history of science, particularly early modern knowledge gathering and management.
Before entering the program in history at Princeton, Mateusz studied at the University of Warsaw, University of Edinburgh, and New York University. He holds degrees in history and Arabic.