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.
BIAAS accomplishes its mission through four main activities:
Organizing events such as lectures and conferences
Publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History, launched in 2017 with Penn State University Press
BIAAS has supported over 140 grantees and fellows in the areas of history, politics, law, economics, cultural studies, and public history.