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


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

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

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



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)