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Piotr Kosicki

Associate Professor
2101Q Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742
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Piotr H. Kosicki specializes in the transnational history of modern Europe -- East and West -- and its global implications. He focuses particularly on religion (especially Roman Catholicism), politics, historical memory, and the entangled history of ideas and activist networks. Trained as a historian of both Poland and France, Prof. Kosicki has also written on Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with strong research interests extending to Czech, Hungarian, and Russian history.

Professor Kosicki is currently completing a monograph entitled Between Christ and Lenin: Catholicism, the Social Question, and Poland's Place in the World, 1891-1991. He has edited Re-mapping Polish-German Historical Memory: Physical, Political, and Literary Spaces since World War II (2011, with Justyna Beinek); The World of 1989: Connections across Continents and Oceans in a Time of Global Revolution (forthcoming, with Kyrill Kunakhovich); and Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain (forthcoming) as well as a forthcoming special issue of East European Politics and Societies devoted to memory of the Katyń Massacres. Prof. Kosicki has a monograph forthcoming in Polish in 2015 with IPN and another under contract with Świat Książki. He has published over a dozen refereed articles and chapters in English, French, German, Polish, and Slovak, most notably in Contemporary European History, East European Politics and Societies, Modern Intellectual History, and Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire.

As a public commentator, Prof. Kosicki has written for Eurozine, Gazeta Wyborcza, The Nation, The New Republic, and The TLS. He also contributes regularly to Kultura Liberalna and to Więź. 

Recipient of a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, Professor Kosicki has won Fulbright, Chateaubriand, ACLS/Mellon New Faculty, and Hoover National Fellowships, as well as multiple Title VIII grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and research grants from the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He serves on the Advisory Board of H-CATHOLIC, the Board of the Polish Studies Association, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's CIVITAS Project. He is currently on leave at Stanford University as the Bittson Fellow and a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell Hoover National Fellow.