The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies was established in 2008 in Media, Pennsylvania

BIAAS Lecture 2016


Michael Burri is Program Officer at the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and editor of the Journal of Austrian-American History, sponsored by BIAAS and published by Penn State University Press. His articles have appeared in Austrian History Yearbook, Journal of Austrian Studies, and New German Critique, and he has published review essays and opinion pieces in leading Czech and American dailies. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays entitled After Vienna. Post-Imperial Salzburg as Austria’s Future Kulturstadt: 1919-1938 (Bloomsbury Press 2020), and his essay on Wolfgang Kraus and cultural diplomacy is forthcoming in German Studies Review. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Contact:

Adriana Lecuona is the Digital Program Officer for the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS). She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College and a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Media Arts from Temple University. Adriana is also the nonfiction editor at Philadelphia Stories. Contact:

Elizabeth Leitzell is the Digital Media Specialist for the Botstiber Foundation. She recently relocated to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY where she worked as a freelance photographer, director of photography and retoucher for 10 years. In addition to her work at the Botstiber Foundation, she runs her own business fulfilling photography, video and retouching assignments for various non-profit, editorial and private clients on the East Coast. Elizabeth holds a BA in Political Science with a Minor in Digital Media Based Imaging from the University of Southern California. Contact:

Jason Naum is a Consultant for the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) after serving as Managing Director. He is an international development expert with a history of successfully leading and building the capacity of nonprofits and academic institutions around the world. Before joining BIAAS Jason was the Head of the Thematic Unit at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden. For over a decade he led human rights education and institutional capacity building programs in Europe, South and South East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Lund University with a specialization in international human rights and humanitarian law. Contact: