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The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, including Ambassador Hans peter Manz (fifth from right).



Siegfried Beer, Director of the Institute, is professor for late modern and contemporary history (ret.) at the University of Graz. In 2004 he founded the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS) whose semi-annual Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (JIPSS) he edits. He has held guest professorships at Columbia University (2007), Harvard University (1996/7) and at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1992). His main areas of teaching and research are international relations, Anglo-American cultures and intelligence history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among his major publications are: Der „unmoralische“ Anschluss (1988); Der Krieg aus der Luft(1992); Die britische Steiermark 1945-1955 (1995) and Public Power in Europe (2006). He also serves on several national and international commissions.

Günter Bischof holds a PhD from Harvard University and is University Research Professor and the Marshall Plan Professor in History at the University of New Orleans; he has taught contemporary history at UNO since 1989. He has also served as a guest professor at the Universities of Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vienna, and the Universities of Economics and Business Administration both in Vienna and Prague, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the RGGU in Moscow, as well as a “post-Katrina visiting professor” at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is the director of "Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies" at UNO and, as such, has been involved in bringing hundreds of students across the Atlantic in both directions, along with dozens of faculty members. Dr. Bischof directs the Center’s annual conferences, lectures, workshops, art exhibits and concerts, all related to Austrian scholarship and culture. He is author of Beziehungsgeschichten/Relationships: Austria and the United States in the Twentieth Century(2014), coeditor of the publication series Contemporary Austrian Studies (24 volumes), and editor of TRANSATLANTICA (8 volumes), and Studies in Austrian History, Literature and Culture (2 volumes).

Gary B. Cohen is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He served from 2001 through 2010 as director of the Minnesota Center for Austrian Studies and from 2001 to 2013 as Executive Editor of The Austrian History Yearbook. He was educated at the University of Southern California (B.A., 1970) and Princeton University (M.A., 1972; PhD., 1975). His publications include two books, The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861-1914 (Princeton University Press, 1981; rev. second ed. Purdue University Press, 2006) and Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848-1918 (Purdue University Press, 1996); several edited books, articles in The Journal of Modern History, Central European History, The Austrian History Yearbook, The East European Quarterly, Jewish History, and The Social Science Quarterly; and numerous book chapters.

Reinhard Heinisch is Professor of Austrian Politics in Comparative Perspective and chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Receiving his degrees from the Universities of Vienna (BA 1986), Virginia Tech (MA 1989), and Michigan State (PhD 1994), he subsequently served as Professor of Political Science and director of International Studies with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (1994-2009) and the University of Pittsburgh, Center of European Studies (1994-2009), where he continues to be an affiliated faculty member. He authored numerous publications, centered recently on the study of radical populism and party-based Euroscepticism. Reinhard Heinisch has lectured extensively internationally, including regularly in China. He is the co-founder of the annual International Summer University Carinthia, Austria and directed service-learning programs in rural Bolivia from 2001 to 2008. He has been consulted as an expert by government agencies as well as Austrian and international media.

Pieter M. Judson is professor of History at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is the author or editor of four books and several articles and chapters dealing with the history of liberalism, of nationalism, of Empire, and of gender in the Hapsburg Monarchy and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent book, Guardians of the Nation: Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria (Harvard University Press, 2006), won the Jelavich prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and the Czechoslovak History Association book prize.

Christine Moser, born in Vienna in 1963, has been the director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) since mid-2013. She gained her first impression of NYC and of New England as a Fulbright scholar at Smith College, Massachusetts, in 1987/88, where her classes included architectural history of the twentieth century. During an internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., she did an oral history survey on the South Quadrangle project.

Christine is a leading Austrian diplomat. Before becoming the head of the ACFNY, she served as Austrian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Development in Europe. Previous postings include the deputy chief of the Austrian Embassy in Paris, as well as assignments to the Council Secretariat of the European Union in Brussels and in the human rights field.

Fatima Naqvi is Professor I and Graduate Director in the Department of Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1993 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000. She teaches courses on 20th century German literature and film, such as Vienna 1900-1930 and the Austrian literary tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has published Trügerische Vertrautheit: Filme von Michael Haneke/ Deceptive Familiarity: Films by Michael Haneke (Vienna: Synema Verlag, 2010) and The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe 1970-2005 (New York: Palgrave, 2007); her most recent book, How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard, Architecture, and Bildung, is appearing with Northwestern University Press (2015). Currently, she is working on the topic of vicarious shame ("Fremdschämen") in the films of Ulrich Seidl and sculptures of Erwin Wurm.

Harry Carl Schaub is Consul General a.D. of Austria in Philadelphia. He was a partner for 37 years with the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, where he now serves as Of Counsel. During his legal career, he has represented foreign investors for business and immigration purposes; non-profit organizations, both educational and charitable; investment companies and other issuers of securities under federal and state securities acts; and ski and other leisure resorts. Mr. Schaub has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma honor societies, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. His publications include: "General Lahousen and the Abwehr Resistance" in 19 International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence 538-558 (Fall 2006). In May 2011, Holy Family University awarded Dr. Schaub the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. His German publisher (Böhlau-Verlag) has scheduled the publication and release of the German Edition of his book-length biography of General Lahousen at the Frankfurt Book Fair in mid-October 2015.”

Tara Zahra is a Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the history of Modern Europe from a transnational perspective. Her first book, Kidnapped Souls: National Indifference and the Battle for Children in the Bohemian Lands, 1900-1948 (Cornell, 2008), received several awards, including the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European History, the Jelavich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Hans Rosenberg Prize of the Conference Group for Central European History. Her second book, The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe’s Families after World War II (Harvard, 2011), was awarded the 2012 George Louis Beer Prize in European International History by the American Historical Association, and the Radomir Luza Prize of the Austrian Cultural Forum. Her next book, The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the ‘Free World’ will be published by Norton Press in 2016. In 2014 she was named a Macarthur Fellow.

Honorary Board Members

Lawrence Dunham served as U.S. Assistant Chief of Protocol from 1989 until 2005, where he oversaw the State Department’s relations with foreign embassies in Washington, and foreign government offices throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Protocol Office in 1983, he was an attorney with the U.S. Customs Service. He now consults for government and private sector clients and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University. Larry is a member of the board of directors of the International Student House in Washington, the advisory board of THIS for Diplomats, which serves the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. board of directors of Nyumbani in Kenya, an organization which provides assistance to children and families affected by HIV. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the George Mason University School of Law.

Ambassador Wolfgang A. Waldner



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