Faculty Profile

Kevin Ostoyich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Arts & Sciences, Room 356
219-464-6997
kevin.ostoyich@valpo.edu


Biography

Kevin Ostoyich has taught at Valpo since 2006.  During the Fall 2011 Semester he served as Resident 
Director of Valpo’s Study Abroad Center at Hangzhou, China.  Ostoyich received his B.A. from the 
University of Pennsylvania and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Before coming to Valpo, he 
taught at The University of Montana and served as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School 
and an Erasmus Fellow at Notre Dame.  At Valpo he teaches specialized courses on Imperial Germany, 
Hitler and the Third Reich, Violence, Historiography, as well as, the general survey course on European 
History.  

Professor Ostoyich is the author of the book The German Society of Pennsylvania: A Guide to Its Book 
and Manuscript Collections (Washington, D.C.: 2006) and is currently finishing a book manuscript titled 
The Transatlantic Soul: Emigration from the Catholic Revival to the First World War.  He has published 
articles, encyclopedia entries, and/or book reviews in the 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.  Most recently his “Religious 
Causation?: the Kulturkampf and German Catholic Migration during the 1870s,” appears as a chapter in 
Päivi Hoikkala and Dorothy D. Wills, eds., Dimensions of International Migration (Newcastle upon Tyne: 
2011).

Professor Ostoyich’s research has been funded by such institutions as The Krupp Foundation, the 
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the German Historical Institute, and the Charles Warren Center for American 
History (Harvard).  He is currently working on a number of research projects, which subjects include 1) 
the intersection of disease, migration, and antisemitism; 2) the plight of Shanghai Jewish Refugees in 
Bremen after the Holocaust; 3) the conceptualization of German culture in America during the nineteenth 
and twentieth centuries; 4) confessional conflict in German history; and 5) German Catholic migration.

Professor Ostoyich is married to a saint named Rebecca and together they try to keep up with their 
superstar daughter Daphne Freya.  Professor Ostoyich loves more than anything to listen to the Bee Gees 
with his daughter and has gone so far as to name his 6.5-lbs Paperanian (Papillion-Pomeranian hybrid) 
dog after the late Maurice Gibb.

Education

B.A. - University of Pennsylvania 
A.M. and Ph.D. - Harvard University 

Research Interests

Early Modern and Modern Germany, Religion, Migration, and German-American Studies