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Daniel Ostendorff

Profile Photo: Daniel Ostendorff, D.Phil.

Ostendorff, D.Phil.

Phone: 903.233.3394

  • Associate Professor of History

A missionary kid who grew up in East Africa, Dr. Daniel Ostendorff's (“Dr. O”) broad international background enriches the courses he teaches – primarily non-American history – and has allowed the department to co-sponsor or sponsor trips to Israel, Greece, Poland, and Germany for LeTourneau University Students.  Dr. Ostendorff believes that the why of history revolves around the Great Commandments – that understanding our world, both past and present, is an incredible opportunity to shape each person’s love of God and love of neighbor.  From practical classroom application to projects, Dr. Ostendorff seeks to model this shaping power of history in community impact projects, including the visit of the Texas Supreme Court (February 2017) to LeTourneau University, hosting a Holocaust Remembrance Day for the community (April 2018), sponsoring and coordinating free public exhibits on LeTourneau’s campus in 2018-2019, and taking the lead on international and national travel experiences. 

Dr. Ostendorff met his wife, Lauren, in Dublin, Ireland on St. Patrick's Day in 2009.   Both graduates of John Brown University, they married just over a year later in May 2010. They have four kids – Aubrey, Ethan, Aaron, and Hannah.  Their son, Ethan, passed away unexpectedly in January 2019.


  • DPhil in History, University of Oxford
  • MA in Modern History, Queens University Belfast
  • BA in History and Biblical & Theological Studies, John Brown University


  • Archives & Exhibits: Special Projects
  • Cornerstones (Freshmen year introductory course)
  • Europe, 1789-1914
  • History of Africa
  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • History of Western Civilization I & II
  • Holocaust, Genocide, & the 20th Century (Special Topic)
  • Methods of Historical and Political Inquiry
  • Modern Global History (20th Century)
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • The Holocaust
  • World Regional Geography


  • Outstanding Professor Award, LeTourneau University, 2015-2016
  • Excellence in Teaching, LeTourneau University, April 2016*
  • Teaching Excellence Award, LeTourneau University, January 2016**
  • Best Residential Course, LeTourneau Innovation Award, 2014
  • Student Podcast Winner, Oxford OxTALENT Award, 2011

*Faculty recipient selected by graduating seniors in the School of Arts and Science.
**Nominated and selected by Teaching Faculty Organization and Provost’s Office