Elizabeth Osborn is an associate professor of sociology at St. Marys College of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the Ohio State University. Her research on entrepreneurs in Poland began in 1991. She contributed to the two-volume series edited by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Social Patterns of Being Political (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers 2000), and Social Structure: Changes and Linkages (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers 2002), both based on the Polish Panel Study (POLPAN). This panel survey was conducted in Poland in 1987-1988, 1993, and 1998 and provided data pertaining to the social structure in the context of ongoing systemic transformation in the political, economic, and cultural domains. Osborn co-authored a paper on entrepreneurs in Poland (Polish Sociological Review, 1997) with Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and she authored a paper on privatization in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic (International Journal of Sociology, 1998). Her research interests center on comparative social change in East Central Europe. Her current work focuses on Polands integration into the European Union.
Kazimierz M. Slomczynski is a professor of sociology at The Ohio State University, also affiliated with the Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in cross-national studies on social structure and inequality, work and personality, social transformation of post-communist societies, and political sociology. He authored, or co-authored, the following English language books: Social Structure and Mobility: Poland, Japan, and the United States (Warsaw: IFiS, 1989); Investigations on Class Structure and Social Stratification in Poland, 1945-1975 (with W. Wesolowski, Warsaw: IFiS, 1977); Social Structure and Self-Direction: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Poland (with M.L. Kohn, Cambridge: Blackwell, 1990; 1993 paperback edition); and Mental Adjustment to the Postcommunist System in Poland (with K. Janicka, B.W. Mach, and W. Zaborowski, Warsaw: IFiS Publishers, 1999). He also published his work in numerous American and international periodicals, including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. In addition to editing the two volumes on the post-communist transition in Poland, he co-edited Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective (with W. Wesolowski and B.W. Mach, Wroclaw: Ossolineum, 1978); Class Structure and Social Mobility in Poland (with T.K. Krauze, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1978); and Social Stratification in Poland. Eight Empirical Studies (with T.K. Krauze, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1986).