Michael E. O'Sullivan

Professor of History & Director of Global Studies Program


Dr. O’Sullivan arrived at Marist in 2007 to teach modern European history. His primary area of research includes the religious history of twentieth-century Germany. His first book, Disruptive Power: Catholic Miracles, Women, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965, won the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize. His latest book project is an examination of sex and gender within Germany’s influential Catholic minority from the Weimar Republic to the 1960s. The book will explore how women sought autonomy within a patriarchal church; how masculine ideals in the Catholic subculture evolved during the world wars; and how Christian political elites and congregations reacted to Vatican encyclicals about reproductive rights in 1930 and 1968. Dr. O’Sullivan teaches very broadly, including classes about the French Revolution, Russia/Eastern Europe, the Holocaust, modern Germany, and modern Europe. These classes explore political history, as well as the importance of race, class, gender, environment, and migration to the creation of contemporary Europe. He contributes to the College’s First Year Seminar Program and the Honors Program. He also has an interest in incorporating civic engagement into teaching, especially regarding migration and the sustenance of democratic cultures. He is active in the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance.


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