BIAAS was established by the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation in 2008 to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including lands of the former Hapsburg empire.

Austrian Building

BIAAS accomplishes its mission through four main activities:

  • Awarding grants and in the fields of history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, or science.

  • Organizing events such as lectures and conferences

  • Publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History, launched in 2017 with Penn State University Press

  • Engaging with a broader public audience through digital programming, including videos, podcasts and blog posts as well as through social media.

BIAAS has supported over 140 grantees and fellows in the areas of history, politics, law, economics, cultural studies, and public history.