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Map of Austria within the Habsburg Empire in 1914

Scholarship

My research and publishing activities focus on modern Austrian history and the former Habsburg Empire, with a particular focus on Vienna’s Jewish history. I am especially interested in the intersection of place, text, and memory as manifest for example in cityscapes, memorials, burial sites, and textual corpuses. In 2021, my scholarship was recognised with a Prize of the City of Vienna for Outstanding Achievements in the Humanities.
 

I completed a PhD in History at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom in 2015 during a Junior Fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) – in fact, I defended my dissertation in Simon Wiesenthal’s former office.

Since then, I have held numerous international fellowships and visiting positions at prestigious institutions. The following is an overview of the most important waystations in my academic career to date:

  • Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Leipzig (Research Fellow, May 2024)

  • Institute of Cultural Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (Research Associate, March 2023–present)

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City (Inaugural Prins Foundation Fellow, January–August 2018)

  • Department of Contemporary History, Vienna University (Senior Research Fellow, September 2016–December 2017)

  • Center for Jewish History, New York City (Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, September 2015–June 2016)

  • Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (Junior Fellow, October 2014–August 2015)

 

I have also been invited as a guest lecturer to various international institutions of higher education, including:

  • IES Study Abroad, Vienna Center (March 2024)

  • Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna (March–August 2023)

  • Department of Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck (December 2021)

  • Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (April 2021)

  • Holocaust Center at Wagner College, New York City (March 2021)

  • Binghamton University Art Museum, New York (May 2018)

  • Jüdisches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, Vienna (March 2016 & June 2024)

  • Department of History, University of Michigan–Dearborn (November 2015)

  • Department of History, University of Lancaster (October 2011–January 2014)

My research and publishing activities have to date been supported by the following funding bodies in Europe and the United States:

  • Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

  • Austrian Research Association

  • Department of Culture of the City of Vienna

  • Edith Saurer Fund, Vienna

  • Future Fund of the Republic of Austria

  • German Historical Institute, London

  • Leo Baeck Institute, New York

  • National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

I am a permanent member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Austrian Society for the Study of Exile and from 2020 to 2022 served a term on the Executive Board of the Austrian Studies Association. I also serve as a blind peer-reviewer for various prestigious publications in the fields of Austrian studies, Jewish studies, and Holocaust studies.

In the framework of the “Trust in Science and Democracy” programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, I am available to visit high schools throughout Austria to speak with students about my research and answer their questions about scholarship, academia, and the world of higher education. You can read a report on my visit to the Gymnasium Zwettl in May 2023 (in German) here.


Click through the menu to find details of my various research and publishing projects, including reading samples and reviews of my work.

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