Peter B. Kotowski, Ph.D.


2016    Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Department of History
Dissertation: “The Best Poor Man’s Country?: William Penn, Quakers, and Unfree Labor in Atlantic Pennsylvania.”
Committee: John Donoghue (Director), Robert Bucholz, Kyle Roberts, and Michael Goode
Exam Fields: Early American History (Passed with distinction), Early Modern England

2008    B.A., University of Pittsburgh
History (departmental honors), Political Science, summa cum laude


Prospect Research Analyst, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (2017-present)

Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (2011-present)

Adjunct Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (2016-present)

Associate Director of Prospect Research, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL (2016-2017)



Review of Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn, Andrew R. Murphy. National Political Science Review (Forthcoming).

Review of Setting the Captives Free: Capture, Adjustment, and Recollection in Allegheny Country, Ian K. Steele. Pennsylvania History 82, no. 4 (2015): 553-6.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Barbados” and “Whiskey Rebellion” in The George Washington Online Encyclopedia. Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens (2012).


DePaul University
United States History 1800-1900

Loyola University Chicago
Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to the 17th Century
Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions since the 17th Century
United States History 1865-Present
United States History to 1865, Loyola University Chicago


Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service, Arthur J.Schmitt Foundation and Loyola University Graduate School (2015-2016)

American Philosophical Society-Jack Miller Center Fellowship, American Philosophical Society (2015)

Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2013)

Advanced Doctoral Fellowship, Loyola University Graduate School (2012-2013)

Summer Research Grant, National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Illinois (2012)

Fellow, Summer Workshop, “Re-integrating British and American History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1750,” University of Warwick and the Newberry Library (2011)


Panel Organizer

“The Power of the Word: Religion and Rhetoric in Early American Political Culture,” Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture-Society for Early Americanists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2015


“’A Lingring Imprisonment from their Wives and Families’: The Gendered Rhetoric of Quaker Dissent,” Midwest Conference of British Studies, Ames IA, September 2016

“Honest Men and Covetous Men: Gender and William Penn’s ‘Holy Experiment,’” McNeil Center for Early American Studies Friday Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, March 2016

“’A Free Colony for All Mankind’: Quaker Sufferings, the Ancient Constitution, and Politics in Early Pennsylvania,” Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture-Society for Early Americanists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2015

“’As if they were Cattle’: Indentured Servitude and Chattel Labor in Early Pennsylvania,” Early Atlantic Writing Group, Chicago, IL, March 2015

“’Addicted Themselves to Pleasure and Effeminacy’: William Penn, Quaker Ethics, and Unfree Labor in Early Pennsylvania,” James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic Culture and Politics, 1699-1771, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA, September 2014

“’Like So Many Head of Cattle’: Chattel Labor, Indentured Servants, and the Lost Voices of Dissent in Colonial Pennsylvania, British Group in Early American History, St. Andrews, UK, September 2012

“Creating Competency: Manliness at the Intersection of Agency and Subjection,” Summer Workshop, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, July 2011

Video Editor, “American Revolution Reborn,” 14, no. 3 (Spring 2014)