Daniel Ostendorff

Assistant Professor of History & Political Science
Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: HHH 122
Phone: (903) 233-3394
Email: DanielOstendorff@letu.edu


Daniel Ostendorff spent the first sixteen years of his life growing up in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa) as a missionary kid (MK), before moving with his family to Little Rock, Arkansas.

He is grateful for the opportunities he has had to experience diverse cultures and the diverse worship of Christ-followers in over twenty different countries. Daniel is excited about bringing these experiences to the classroom, as well as providing students with international experiences of their own, as together they study history and seek to understand more fully how God is at work in his world.

Daniel met his wife, Lauren, in Dublin, Ireland on St. Patrick's Day in 2009 while studying in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They have a young daughter named Aubrey. Along with their excitement to join LeTourneau in Fall 2013, Lauren's family is also from the Dallas area, so Daniel, Lauren and Aubrey, are all looking forward to being close to family after spending these last three years overseas in England and Kenya.


Education and Scholarship

Daniel attended John Brown University , a fellow member college of the CCCU along with LeTourneau University, where he received a BA in History and Biblical & Theological Studies (cum laude). He then went on to earn a MA, with distinction, in Modern History with an emphasis in the British Empire at Queens University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Daniel took the next year off from formal education so that Lauren and he could marry in Dallas, TX. Three months after the wedding, the family moved to Oxford, England. Daniel is currently finishing up his DPhil (the Oxford equivalent of a PhD) in History at the University of Oxford after three years overseas.

His historical interests lie in how the lives of individuals and families provide a scholarly and biblically founded lens through which to understand the history of the world. More broadly, he is interested in understanding more fully how Christ-followers might see their study of history - of God's work in the lives, cultures and places of the past - as an invitation to worship God with their thinking, in their academic growth and through their vocations wherever God may take them in his world.