Barbara Michalak-Pikulska is a Polish academic. She is the Professor of Arabic Literature in the Arts College of the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. She is head of the department of Arabic Language and Literature and Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies in the Jagiellonian University. She is a member of the governing board of the Committee for European Teachers of Arabic Literature and member of the European Association of Arabists. She is also a board member of the Association for Polish and Eastern Studies and author of numerous books and studies published in Arabic, English and Polish, dealing with Arabic literature in general and Gulf literature in particular. She has edited various publications and research papers in the field of Arabic literature and participated in many international conferences in several Arab and European countries.