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 has recently completed a monograph entitled Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and "Revolution," 1939-1956 (forthcoming with Yale University Press). He has edited Re-mapping Polish-German Historical Memory: Physical, Political, and Literary Spaces since World War II (2011, with Justyna Beinek); The Legacy of 1989: Continuity and Discontinuity in a Quarter-Century of Global Revolution (forthcoming, with Kyrill Kunakhovich); and Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain (forthcoming) as well as a special issue of East European Politics and Societies (November 2015) devoted to memory of the Katyń Massacres.
Prof. Kosicki has a monograph forthcoming in Polish in 2016 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. 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.