Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Piotr H. Kosicki

Profile Photo of Piotr H. Kosicki

Associate Professor, History

(301) 405-0908

2101Q Francis Scott Key Hall
Get Directions

Research Expertise

Eastern Europe
Global Interaction and Exchange

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," 1891-1956 (Yale University Press). He has edited Christian Democracy across the Iron Curtain: Europe Redefined (2018); 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, Slavic Review, 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."

He is currently working on three projects. The first, entitled Catholicism and the Free Market, explores how prominent 20th-century Catholic social thinkers who found themselves in political power -- from Poland's Tadeusz Mazowiecki to Venezuela's Rafael Caldera -- embraced neo-liberalism at the expense of a Catholic program of social justice. The second project, Catholic Cold Warriors, tells the story of how and why the United States clandestinely financed a global Cold War waged by Catholic political exiles from Eastern Europe. The third, Apocalypse Forever, recasts the history of modern Europe through the lens of Judeo-Christian apocalyptic thinking.

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.