Jan Jędrzejewski was educated at the University of Łódź, Poland, where he obtained, in 1985, his MA in English philology, and at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he completed, in 1992, his DPhil on Thomas Hardy. He joined Ulster University, as a Lecturer in English, in 1993; he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, and he became a Professor of English and Comparative Literature in 2007. He held the posts of Acting Head of the Humanities Research Institute (2008-2009), Acting Head of the School of History and International Affairs (2009), Head of the School of English and History (2009-2014), and Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2014-2017). In recognition of his achievements in strategic academic leadership, he received, in 2016, a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
A specialist in nineteenth-century English literature, particularly the Victorian novel, Professor Jędrzejewski also has major interests in Irish literature in English (particularly in the nineteenth century) and in comparative literature, focusing on the literary relations between the British Isles and Poland. He has published monographs on Thomas Hardy and the Church (1996) and George Eliot (2007), and he has produced critical editions of Hardy and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He was also a co-editor of The Complete Critical Guide to English Literature / Routledge Guides to Literature series (2000-2011). He is currently involved in revising and updating a multilingual pan-European literary compendium, Lettres Européennes / A History of European Literature.