Wojciech Tygielski was born in 1953 in Wołomin. He is a modern historian, examining the social history of Poland and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, Polish/Italian contacts, travel during the modern period, and the history of diplomacy.
His academic career has been affiliated with the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw, where he earned his master’s degree (1977), doctorate (1983) and postdoctoral degree (1992) and was named a professor (2006). He has worked at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw since 2009.
He held fellowships at the State University of New York (1981/1982), Istituto Luigi Sturzo in Rome (1984/85), Università di Napoli (1989), Saint Lawrence University (1991/1992), and the Lanckoroński z Brzezia Foundation (research at the Vatican archives and library, 1987–1999).
In 1993–1995 he was the director of the Polish Institute in Rome and a counsellor at the Polish Embassy there. In 1999–2002 he served as vice dean for general affairs of the Faculty of History, and in 2002–2008 was Prorector for Research and Foreign Cooperation at the University of Warsaw.
He chairs the rector’s group for the publication series Monumenta Universitatis Varsoviensis and is a member of the council of the University of Warsaw Museum. Beyond his home institution, he is a member of the council of the National Science Centre and the Numismatics Council at the National Bank of Poland, as well as the editorial board of the annuals Odrodzenie i Reformacja w Polsce and Kronika Zamkowa.
He has extensive teaching experience. He has lectured on modern Polish history, world history, methodology of historical research, statistics and demography, and European integration for many years at the Institute of History and the European Centre at the University of Warsaw, as well as the National Academy of Dramatic Art. He has guest-lectured and delivered papers at the universities of Rome, Milan, Bari, Naples, Augsburg, Giessen, Munich, Saarbrücken, Visby, Helsinki and Ottawa.
His most important publications include Politics of Patronage in Renaissance Poland: Chancellor Jan Zamoyski, His Supporters and the Political Map of Poland, 1572‑1605 (University of Warsaw Press, 1990); Acta Nuntiaturae Polonae, vol. XVIII/1: Franciscus Simonetta (1606‑1612) (Institutum Historicum Polonicum Romae, Rome 1990); Giacomo Fantuzzi, Diariusz podróży po Europie (1652) (Diary of European Travels) (translation, introduction and notes, IW Pax, Warsaw 1990); Z Rzymu do Rzeczypospolitej. Studia z dziejów nuncjatury apostolskiej w Polsce, XVI-XVII w. (From Rome to the Polish Republic: A Study of the History of the Papal Nunciature in Poland, 16th –17th Centuries) (Wydawnictwa Fundacji Historia pro Futuro, Warsaw 1992); Giacomo Fantuzzi, Diario del Viaggio Europeo (1652) (with Piotr Salwa, PAN and Biblioteca e Centro di Studi a Roma, Warsaw/Rome 1998); Rzeczpospolita – Europa, XVI-XVIII wiek. Próba konfrontacji (Polish Republic–Europe, 16th– 18th Centuries: An Attempt at Confrontation) (ed. with Michał Kopczyński, Optima JG, Warsaw 1999); Dyplomacja – informacja – propaganda. Podróż Luigiego Bevilacqua, posła toskańskiego na dwory europejskie w 1609 r. (Diplomacy, Information, Propaganda: The Journey of Luigi Bevilacqua, Tuscan Envoy to the European Courts in 1609) (Semper, Warsaw 2000); Włosi w Polsce XVI-XVII wieku. Utracona szansa na modernizację (Italians in Poland in the 16th–17th Centuries: A Lost Opportunity for Modernization) (Więź, Warsaw 2005); Listy – ludzie – władza. Patronat Jana Zamoyskiego w świetle korespondencji (Letters, People, Power: Patronage of Jan Zamoyski According to Correspondence) (Viator, Warsaw 2007); Pod wspólnym niebem. Narody dawnej Rzeczypospolitej (Under the Same Sky: Nations of the Old Polish Republic) (authorship of two chapters, ed. with Michał Kopczyński, Museum of the History of Poland, Warsaw 2010); “The Italian Presence in Early Modern Poland: Its Cultural and Civilizational Consequences,” in Italien – Mitteldeutschland – Polen: Geschichte und Kultur im europäischen Kontext vom 10. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert (Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2013); Italians in Early Modern Poland: The Lost Opportunity for Modernization? (Peter Lang GmbH, Frankfurt am Main 2015; “Podróżopisarstwo historyczne” (“Historical Travel Writing”), Barok vol. 21/2(42)2014 (Warsaw 2015); Portrety uczonych. Profesorowie Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego po 1945 (Portraits of Scholars: Professors of the University of Warsaw after 1945) (ed. with Waldemar Baraniewski and Andrzej Kajetan Wróblewski), Monumenta Universitatis Varsoviensis, 1816–2016, vol. 1–3 (University of Warsaw Press 2016).
Prof. Wojciech Tygielski has been a member of the Foundation for Polish Science Council since September 2012.