Ann Ostendorf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Ann Ostendorf is currently working on the histories of the Roma (Gypsy) diasporas in the Atlantic World, including in the colonial Chesapeake, French and Spanish Louisiana, and the nineteenth-century United States. Her scholarly interests also include...

Ann Ostendorf, Associate Professor of History

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in History, Marquette University, 2009

M.A. in History, Marquette University, 2000

B.A. in History with Honors, Saint Louis University, 1998

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

History 201: United States History I

History 301: Historical Methods-American Slavery

History 359: cross-listed NTAS 359: America: Invasion to Rebellion

History 352: The Early American Republic

History 353: The US During the Civil War and Reconstruction

History 366, cross-listed VART 406: A History of American Cultures and Ideas

History 401: Senior Thesis Seminar


Dr. Ann Ostendorf is currently working on the histories of the Roma (Gypsy) diasporas in the Atlantic World, including in the colonial Chesapeake, French and Spanish Louisiana, and the nineteenth-century United States. Her scholarly interests also include cultural history, studies of ethnicity and race, early Native American history, and the lower Mississippi River region. She enjoys yoga, vegetarian soul food, Fútbol Club Barcelona, world music, travel and the outdoors.
“Contextualizing American Gypsies: Experiencing Criminality in the Colonial Chesapeake.” Maryland Historical Magazine (Spring/Summer 2018).

“‘An Egiptian and noe Xtian Woman’: Gypsy Identity and Race Law in Early America.” Journal of Gypsy Studies 1 (2017): 5-15.

Sounds American: National Identity and the Music Cultures of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, 1800-1860. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2011.