Neal Pease

  • Professor Emeritus, history


  • PhD, History, Yale, 1982
  • MA, History, Yale, 1976
  • MA, History, U. of Kansas, 1975
  • BA, History, U. of Kansas, 1973

Courses Taught

  • Hist 102 - Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present
  • Hist 239 - Poland and its Neighbors, 1795-1914
  • Hist 329 - The Roman Catholic Church, 1500 to the Present
  • Hist 330 - The Papacy in History
  • Hist 346 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945
  • Hist 348 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1945 to the Present
  • Hist 448 - Baseball in American History

Teaching Interests

Poland and Central Europe; history of Christianity, esp. Catholic Church; modern Europe; Baseball in American history

Research Interests

Over the course of his career, Professor Pease has devoted most of his research and publication to the role of the Catholic Church in recent Polish history. Current areas of research interest include: the “Jewish revival” in contemporary Poland; soccer in Polish politics and society; and historical symbolism and memorialization of public spaces in Poland.

Related Activities

  • Editor in Chief, The Polish Review
  • Member, Board of Directors, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America
  • Member, Board of Directors (and past president), Polish American Historical Association
  • Member, editorial board, Polish American Studies
  • Member, John Gilmary Shea book prize committee, American Catholic Historical Association

Selected Publications

Pease, Neal. “Mighty Son of Poland: Stanislaus Zbyszko, Polish Americans, and Sport in the 20th Century” Polish American Studies74.1 (2017): 7-26.
Pease, Neal H.“Stanley Ketchel, The ‘Michigan Assassin’: The First Polish American Sports Champion” Studia Migracyjne-Przegląd Polonijny40.1 (151) (2014): 119-130.
Pease, Neal H.“The Kosciuszko Reds, 1909-1919: Kings of the Milwaukee Sandlots” Polish American Studies61. (2004): 11-26.
Pease, Neal H.“Diamonds Out of the Coal Mines: Slavic Americans in Baseball” The American Game: Baseball and EthnicityEd. Baldassaro, Lawrence, and Johnson, Richard A.Carbondale and Edwardsville IL: Southern Illinois University Press. (2002): 142-161.
Pease, Neal H.Poland, the United States, and the Stabilization of Europe, 1919-1933New York: Oxford University Press. 1986.