BIAAS’s Board of Advisors represent leaders in the fields of law, finance, education, engineering, cultural affairs, politics, economics, and medicine.

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Front Row L to R (seated): Fatima Naqvi, Tara Zahra, Harry Carl Schaub, and Nicole Phelps. Back Row L to R: Gary Cohen, Pieter M. Judson, Siegfried Beer, and Reinhard Heinisch (Note: Guenter Bischof, not pictured)

BIAAS Board of Advisors

Siegfried Beer, Chairman of the Board, 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 edited until 2018. 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. Email:

Guenter Bischof holds a PhD from Harvard University and is the Marshall Plan Chair and Director of Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies at the University of New Orleans. He has taught contemporary American and European history at UNO since 1989. Dr. Bischof 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. As director of Center Austria, he has been involved in bringing hundreds of students across the Atlantic in both directions, along with dozens of faculty members. Bischof directs the Center’s annual conferences, lectures, workshops, and art exhibits, all related to Austrian scholarship and culture. With Hans Petschar, he co-authored The Marshall Plan Since 1947: Saving Europe, Rebuilding Austria (both English and German editions 2017), and with Hannes Richter, Towards the American Century: Austrians in the United States (2019); his essays on U.S.-Austrian relations are published in Beziehungsgeschichten/Relationships: Austria and the United States in the Twentieth Century (2014). Bischof is co-editor of the publication series Contemporary Austrian Studies (28 volumes), and editor of TRANSATLANTICA (11 volumes) and Studies in Austrian History, Literature and Culture (3 volumes). Email:

Gary B. Cohen is Professor Emeritus 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 monographs, The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861-1914 (Princeton University Press, 1981; rev. second ed., Purdue University Press, 2006; Czech translation, Karolinum – The Charles University Press, 2000) and Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848-1918 (Purdue University Press, 1996); five edited books, articles in The Journal of Modern HistoryCentral European HistoryThe Austrian History YearbookThe East European QuarterlyJewish History, and The Social Science Quarterly; and numerous book chapters. He is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Collegium Carolinum in Munich. The Republic of Austria has honored him with its Cross of Honor for Science and Arts, first class; and the Czech Academy of Sciences has awarded him its František Palacký Honorary Medal for Merit in Historical Sciences. Email:

Reinhard Heinisch is Professor of Austrian Politics in Comparative Perspective and chair of the Department of Political Science an