Dr. Orsag was born and grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Rebecca Word-Orsag currently reside in Gretna, Nebraska with their Welsh Terrier, Griffin. Dr. Orsag is an avid rock climber (climbing outdoors in the summers in South Dakota and Wyoming) and is involved annually with the Hitchcock Nature Center Hawkwatch (a count of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures migrating south through Western Iowa's Loess Hills) every autumn.
Dr. Orsag received his Ph.D. in European History from Michigan State University. His area of research is in Russian and Soviet History. Dr. Orsag teaches course on Roman, Russian, British, and Asian history, among others. He also directs the Senior Honors Project every spring semester and teaches in the first year Liberal Arts Seminar program.
In 2002-2003, Dr. Orsag was awarded the Doane College Student Congress Teaching Award.