Dr. Ann Ostendorf
Professor of History
502 East Boone Ave
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258
509-313-5948 direct
Office Location:

College Hall 431E

Office Hours:

By Appointment


Dr. Ann Ostendorf earned a B.A. in History from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Marquette University. She teaches classes in colonial American and early US history and culture. Her scholarly interests include culture, race, nationalism, Louisiana and Romani (Gypsy) Studies. She is the author of Sounds American: National Identity and the Music Cultures of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, 1800-1860 (2011). Her recent articles have appeared in Critical Romani Studies, The Journal of Gypsy Studies, Maryland Historical Magazine, The American Historian, and American Music. Her current research explores the histories of the Romani (Gypsy) diaspora in the colonial Atlantic World. She was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer position at the University of Tokyo and Japan Women's University during the 2019/2020 academic year. She enjoys world music, travel, yoga, Futbol Club Barcelona, and the outdoors. 

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