Donald Ostrowski, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Don Ostrowski is research advisor in the social sciences and lecturer at the Harvard Extension School, where he teaches world history. His publications include Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589 (1998); The Povest' vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis (2003); and (with Marshall Poe) Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1725 (2011). He also chairs the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies' Early Slavists Seminars at Harvard University and is on the editorial board of Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies. He lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he serves on the Fitchburg Historical Commission, is on the board of directors of North County Land Trust, and takes the commuter rail to and from work.

Education

  • PhD Pennsylvania State University

Contact

don@wjh.harvard.edu

Courses with Donald Ostrowski

Fall term 2017

Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Anthropology, Government, and History Tutorial

The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question.

World History III: The Age of Empires, 1500-1800

This course examines major aspects of world history from 1500 to 1800.

Spring Term 2018

Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Anthropology, Government, and History Tutorial

The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question.

World History IV: Globalization, 1800-Present

This course focuses on crucial developments in, and controversies about, the study of world history from 1800 to the present.