Meet the Director - Reutlingen, Germany



Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities.  Since 1968, VU has sent 20 different faculty members, and their families, to the Reutlingen, Germany program for two, and in some cases, three year appointments.Kevin Ostoyich

Kevin Ostoyich will serve as resident director for Valparaiso University's Study Abroad Center at Reutlingen, Germany, during the fall semester of 2013. Professor Ostoyich served as resident director for the Hangzhou China during the fall semester of 2011. Professor Ostoyich is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and has taught at Valpo since 2006. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was formerly a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School and an Erasmus Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.  At Valpo Professor Ostoyich teaches courses on Imperial Germany, Hitler and the Third Reich, Violence, Historiography, European History, European History, and European Encounters with China.

He is the author of the book The German Society of Pennsylvania: A Guide to its Book and Manuscript Collections (German Historical Institute: 2006) and is currently writing two books: Crossings: German Catholics and the Politics of Emigrant Assistance in the Context of Catholic Revival, 1850-1914 and Claiming the Kaiser Prize?; The Troubled Tale of Trophies and Troubadours. He has published work in the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Chruch, German Studies Review, The Historian, The Cresset, Germany and the Americas (ed., Thomas Adam), International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, and Dimensions of International Migration (eds., Paivi Hoikkala and Dorothy D. Wills). His article "Back on Star: Shanghai Jewish Refugees in Bremen after Having Fled German National Socialism, a Japanese Ghetto, and Chinese Communism, July 1950 - February 1952" will be published in Studia Historica Gedanensia in 2013. In June 2013 Professor Ostoyich (along with Professor Yun Xia of the Dept. of History) led a group of Valpo students in Shanghai to conduct research on the topic of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees as part of the ASIANetwork Program. Professor Ostoyich will be be joined in Reutlingen by his wife Rebecca and their superstar daughter Daphne.



Former Resident Directors of the Reutlingen, Germany Program:

 1968 (spring)
 Prof. Walter Bauer
 1968-69  Prof. Kenneth Korby
 1969-72  Prof. Ted Jungkuntz
 1972-74  Prof. James Albers
 1974-76  Prof. David Truemper
 1976-78  Prof. Ted Ludwig
 1978-80  Prof. Ferencz Kallay
 1980-82  Prof. MarcusRiedel  
 1982-84  Prof. Walter Reiner
 1984-88  Prof. Michael Kumpf
 1988-90  Prof. Fred Meyer
 1990-92  Prof. Nina Corazzo
 1992-95  Prof. John Helms
 1995-97  Prof. Sarah DeMaris
 1997-99  Prof. David Scupham
 1999-02  Prof. Kevin Geiman
 2002-04  Prof. Paul Trapp
 2004-07  Prof. Eric Johnson

 Prof. Matthew Becker


 Prof. Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo

 2011-13  Prof. Timothy Malchow