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 the author of Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and "Revolution," 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 2017) and Personalizm po polsku: Francuskie korzenie polskiej inteligencji katolickiej (IPN, 2016). He has edited Christian Democracy across the Iron Curtain -- Europe Redefined (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan); Re-mapping Polish-German Historical Memory: Physical, Political, and Literary Spaces since World War II (2011, with Justyna Beinek); and Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain (2016), as well as a special issue of East European Politics and Societies (November 2015) devoted to memory of the Katyń Massacres.
Prof. Kosicki has also published over twenty 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. He received the 2015 Aquila Polonica Prize for Best Article in Polish Studies for "Masters in their Own Home or Defenders of the Human Person? Wojciech Korfanty, Antisemitism, and the Illiberal Rights-Talk of Polish Christian Democracy."
His next project, entitled The Limits of Catholicism, will explore the relationship between religion and liberal democracy through an intellectual biography of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the Catholic philosopher who shepherded Poland from communism to free-market capitalism in 1989.
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.