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Ostrower named ‘SuperProfessor’ of history by

Gary Ostrower, professor of history at Alfred University (AU), has been named a “SuperProfessor” by

FacultyRow, with 91,000 members in 103 countries, was launched in 2011 and is increasingly gaining recognition in traditional academic institutions throughout the world. “SuperProfessors” has become a prominent platform highlighting achievements of leading academics; instructors given the title “SuperProfessor” are considered the most admirable in their field. They demonstrate excellence, passion, and clarity, and have a wide range of knowledge within their respective field of study.

Ostrower was chosen out of a pool of 4,000 applicants for the official 2013 list of SuperProfessors. Currently, there are about 400 SuperProfessors nationwide.

Currently the Joseph K. Kruson Distinguished Professor at the University, Ostrower is an AU alumnus. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at AU and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. He has spent most of his teaching career at Alfred, but previously taught at Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania.

An active member of the academic community, Ostrower has served as president of the Society for the Study Society of Internationalism; as a Fulbright Lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark; authored three books; and contributed articles to encyclopedias and historical journals, including International Organization and The Historian. In addition, he has reviewed many books for historical journals such as the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History.

Ostrower has also remained a prominent member of the surrounding community. He served as mayor of Alfred from 1999 to 2005 and as a Republican member of the Village Board of Trustees for 18 years. He has previously served as a county liaison to the NYS Assembly and has been a member of the Allegany County Youth Board for 28 years.