Kevin Ostoyich, Ph.D.
College of Arts & Sciences, Room 356
Kevin Ostoyich has taught at Valpo since 2006 and is currently serving as chair of the History Department. He has previously directed Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Hangzhou, China (Fall 2011 Semester) and Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Reutlingen, Germany (Fall 2013 Semester through Spring 2015 Semester). Ostoyich holds his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has served as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and a research fellow at Notre Dame’s Erasmus Institute. Immediately before coming to Valpo, he taught at the University of Montana. At Valpo he has offered the following 300-level courses: Blood & Iron: Imperial Germany, Hitler and the Third Reich, Contemporary Europe: A Century of Violence, Modern Germany, Luther & Bach, Historiography & Methods, European Encounters with China, and History Mystery. In addition, Ostoyich has taught the Department’s general survey course on European history, as well as, its capstone senior seminar course.
Professor Ostoyich is the author of the book The German Society of Pennsylvania: A Guide to Its Book and Manuscript Collections (Washington, DC: German Historical Institute, 2006) and is currently working on three book manuscripts, “Crossings: German Catholics and the Politics of Emigrant Assistance in the Context of Religious Revival, 1850 - 1914,” “Claiming the Kaiser Prize: The Troubled Tale of Trophies and Troubadours,” and “The History of the Shanghai Jews from the Perspective of Cultural Interaction and Exchange: Historiography and Commemoration, New Scholarship, and Interview Testimonies “ (edited with Yun Xia). He has published articles, encyclopedia entries, and/or book reviews in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, German Studies Review, The Historian, The Cresset, Germany and the Americas (ed., Thomas Adam), International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Dimensions of International Migration (eds., Päivi Hoikkala and Dorothy D. Wills), and Journal of American Ethnic History. Most recently his article “’Back on Straw’: The Experience of Shanghai Jewish Refugees in Bremen after Escaping German National Socialism, Enduring a Japanese ‘Designated Area,’ and Fleeing Chinese Communism,” was published in Studia Historica Gedanensia, Tom 5 (2014). He is currently completing articles on the German-American choirmaster Eugen Klee; the German Catholic emigration agent, Johann Friedrich; and Brooklyn’s Thirteenth Regiment of the National Guard.
B.A. - University of Pennsylvania
Early Modern and Modern Germany, Religion, Migration, and German-American Studies