Name: Dr. Michael E OSullivan
Title: Associate Professor of History
Office Location: Fontaine 307
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2444
Degrees Held:

Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., Canisius College


Modern European History
Modern Germany
The Holocaust
Religious History

Awards & Honors:

Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German History, Politics, Society, and Culture from the American Council on Germany, 2013

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Dissertation Fellowship, Germany, 2003-2004

Fulbright Research Fellowship, Germany, 1999-2000


Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965 (Forthcoming with University of Toronto Press in August 2018)

“A ‘Shattered’ Religious Past: Rethinking the Master Narratives of Twentieth-Century German Christianity,” co-authored with Benjamin Pearson, in Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective, Adam Seipp and Michael Meng, Eds., (Berghahn Books, 2017), 177-199.

“Disruptive Potential: Therese Neumann from Konnersreuth, National Socialism, and Democracy,” in Revisiting the Nazi Occult: Histories, Realities, Legacies, Monica Black and Eric Kurlander, Eds., (Camden House, 2015), 181-201.

“Resistenz,Verweigerung und Kapitulation. Frauen, Jugend und das NS-Regime im Rheinland und in Westfalen, 1928-1945” in Die Grenzen des Milieus. Vergleichende Analysen zu Stabilität und Gefährdung katholischer Milieus in der Endphase der Weimarer Republik und in der NS-Zeit , Joachim Kuropka, (ed.), (Münster: Aschendorff, 2012).

"A Feminized Church? German Catholic Women, Piety, and Domesticity, 1918-1938," in Gender and Christianity in Modern Europe: Beyond the Feminization Thesis, Patrick Pasture and Jan Art (eds.), (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2012).

"West German Miracles: Catholic Mystics, Church Hierarchy, and Postwar Popular Culture," Zeithistorische Forschungen/ Studies in Contemporary History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2009): 11-34

"From Catholic Milieu to Lived Religion: The Social and Cultural History of Modern German Catholicism," History Compass, Vol. 7, No. 3 (2009): 837-861

"German Democratic Republic Protests," International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest Immanuel Ness, Ed., (Blackwell Publishing, 2009), 1337-1346

"An Eroding Milieu? Catholic Youth, Church Authority, and Popular Behavior in Northwest Germany during the Third Reich, 1933-1938," Catholic Historical Review, Vol. XC, No. 2 (April 2004): 236-259


Co-Host of New Books in German Studies, a Channel in the New Books Network of Podcasts


Presentations delivered at German Studies Association, American Historical Association, the German Historical Institute, the European Section of the Southern Historical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the University of Vechta, the University of Cologne, the University of Leuven, Cambridge University, the New York State Association for European Historians, and the Bienniel Conference on the History of Religion at Boston College

Lectures Delivered at Marist College for the Center for Lifetime Studies, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Big Read


Books Reviews have appeared in German Studies Review, Social History, German Quarterly, H-German, Patterns of Prejudice, and the Canadian Journal of History

"Hudson Valley Worldview: Francis Should Be Honest," Poughkeepsie Journal, May 5, 2013