Peter Kotowski

Peter Kotowski


Program: American History

Dissertation: The Best Poor Man's Country?: William Penn, Quakers, and Unfree Labor in Atlantic Pennsylvania

Faculty Advisor: John Donoghue

Office: Crown Center 558





B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Research Interests

My dissertation examines the lived experiences of indentured servants in colonial Pennsylvania and the ways in which these experiences alter the notion of Pennsylvania as "the best poor man's country."  In addition, I am interested in issues of gender and the body, unfree labor in the Atlantic world, conceptions of liberty and freedom, and acts of resistance by marginalized peoples.

Awards and Fellowships

Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 2015-2016.

Library Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2015.

Graduate Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2014-2015.

Colonial Society of Pennsylvania Essay Prize, for “’Like so Many Head of Cattle’: Becoming Chattel in Colonial Pennsylvania.”

Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2013.

Advanced Doctoral Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2013.

Research Mentoring Program, Loyola University Chicago, 2012.

Graduate Student Merit Award, Loyola University Chicago, 2008-2012.

Graduate Research Scholarship, National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Illinois, 2011.

Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society, Loyola University Chicago, 2011.

Brackenridge Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007.


Review of Setting the Captives Free: Captives, Adjustment, and Recollection in Allegheny County, in Pennsylvania History (Forthcoming)

"Barbados" and "Whisky Rebellion" in The George Washington Online Encyclopedia.  Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 2012.

Conference Papers

“’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, 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, 1699-1751, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

"'In Order to Destroy Himself:' The Ecology of Servant Suicide in Colonial Pennsylvania," Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2013.

"'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 Annual Conference, St. Andrews, United Kingdom, 2012.

"The Best Poor Man's Country?  Indentured Servants in Pennsylvania, 1650-1750," Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, 2011.

"Creating Competency: Manliness at the Intersection of Agency and Subjection," Summer Workshop, "Re-integrating British and American History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1750," Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, 2011.

"'A Prosperous Voyage and a Good Wife': Masculinity, Servitude, and Social Order in the Atlantic World," Loyola University Chicago HIstory Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, 2010.

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