Database of Funded Projects

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies has generously funded academic research and public history projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria. The following search tools make it possible to explore these projects and to learn more about the scholars and organizations who have received BIAAS grants and fellowships.


Jonathan Singerton

Topics: History, Research
Products: Article, Book, Monograph

This project focuses on the Leopoldine Society, an Austrian state-sponsored missionary foundation which supported provided financial relief to Catholic dioceses across the United States. From 1829 until 1914, the Leopoldine Society amassed over 4.5 million Austrian gulden (roughly $30 million dollars in today’s currency) through parish alms across Austria-Hungary. Using these donations, the Society founded over 400 Catholic churches and supported at least 300 Austro-Hungarian missionaries who travelled to the United States. The project’s goal is to advance our understanding of the Leopoldine Society through the collection and evaluation of new archival sources leading to a book-length monograph.


Marsha Leah Rozenblit

Topics: Culture, History, Migration
Products: Book

Three Times Homeless: The Last Generation of Austrian Jews explores how Jews born in Habsburg Austria around 1900, who came of age in that large multinational state, coped with the fact that they lost their homeland several times in the course of their lives and had to craft new homes for themselves, first in the Habsburg successor states, and then elsewhere as refugees from Nazi Europe, especially in America. How did these Jews create new national and Jewish identities, and how successful were they in forging a new sense of at-homeness in very foreign environments? What connections did they still retain to their former Austrian homeland? Why were they more successful in making a new home in America than anywhere else?


Andreas Praher

Topics: Culture, History, Migration, Research
Products: Article, Book, Exhibit

The research project will analyze the transatlantic migration of skiers and ski instructors who migrated from Austria to the United States for different reasons in the first half of the 20th century. The focus will be on sociopolitical, economic, cultural, institutional and structural circumstances in which migration in skiing took place from the 1930s to the 1960s. In studying the historical patterns of migration, factors that have influenced and stimulated the movement of sport labor should be identified. The research work asks about the socio-cultural background of men and women. It will take into account the female ski migration and the impact of the Jewish exodus in skiing on the American sport system.


Dóra Fedeles-Czeferner

Topics: Culture, Gender, History, Migration
Products: Article, Biography, Book

Rosika Schwimmer (Budapest, 1877-New York, 1948), one of the best-known women’s rights leaders in the Austro-Hungarian Empire became a celebrated peace activist in the U.S. She was awarded the World Peace Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Schwimmer formed a crucial link between the Hungarian, Austrian and transnational women’s and peace movements and made a marked contribution in the U.S. where she lived in exile from 1921 until her death. The project seeks to explore these transatlantic connections by drawing on the widest possible range of archival sources from Hungary, Austria, the U.S., England and the Netherlands. The ultimate aim is to provide a comprehensive monograph on Schwimmer’s life and career.


James Boyd

Topics: History, Migration, Political Science, Research
Products: Article, Book, Monograph

Selling Emigration examines how the commerce of migration influenced departures from Europe in the nineteenth century. It explores migration as a sellable commodity, interrogating the role of migration commerce in migration decisions, and demonstrating the ways in which transport and shipping were connected to ethnic economies of mobility. The project is a monograph study on the role of migration commerce across Europe. The chapter funded by this grant will examine economies of mobility in Central Europe, and the role of Atlantic migration commerce as it affected the territories of the Habsburg/Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Patricia Allmer

Topics: Art, Culture, Film, History, Music
Products: Biography, Book

Tilly Losch: Interstitial Modernism between Vienna and Hollywood offers the first book-length analysis of the life and extensive corpus of works by the Austrian-Jewish dancer, choreographer, film star, painter, and celebrity Tilly Losch (1903-75). Redressing critical neglect of her work, the book will resituate Losch in the interstices of conventional definitions of modernist cultural practice. It will employ recent theoretical and historical material alongside extensive archival research to recalibrate and refine our understanding of transatlantic modernism and of Austria-US relations via a critical assessment of Losch’s long and diverse interdisciplinary and transmedial career in Vienna, Paris, England, New York, and Hollywood.


Megan Brandow-Faller

Topics: Art, Gender, History, Migration
Products: Articles, Book

The cult of child creativity taking root in postwar America—or notions that all children are inherently creative with unique access to expressive powers—remains ubiquitous in contemporary American society. But rarely are such discourses connected to their intellectual roots in Secessionist Vienna. My project spotlights the critical role of pedagogue, craftswoman and designer Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska (1890-1956), a partially-Jewish Austrian-American émigré, in shaping and popularizing Secessionist ideals of child creativity in postwar America. The goal of the grant is fund research for two peer-reviewed essays on Zweybrück’s American influence while feeding into a book project entitled Inventing Child Art in Secessionist Vienna.


Mikkel Dack

Topics: History
Products: Book

Dr. Mikkel Dack received a $7,500 BIAAS grant for his project, “Confronting Fascism: American Denazification Strategy Occupied Austria, 1945-1955.” This archived-based study investigates the character of American occupation strategy and the long-term impact that reorientation activities had on Austrian-American relations. The project diversifies our understanding of the postwar Austrian-American relationship by emphasizing the reciprocal influence of punitive and rehabilitative programs. This research comprises one part of a larger book project that investigates US-led antifascist campaigns in postwar Europe and Asia. Research will be conducted at archives in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, and Washington, DC.


Max Ehrenfreund

Topics: History
Products: Article, Book, Dissertation

Ehrenfreund's dissertation is a study of the socialist calculation debate, an intellectual exchange among interwar economists, journalists, and politicians who sought an economic theory for a socialist society. Using archival sources, Ehrenfreund presents a new interpretation of this debate in the context of contemporary shifts in the cultural meanings of calculation and the political valences of mathematics in Austria and the United States. With the Botstiber Institute's support, Ehrenfreund will travel to archives in Michigan [...]


Dominique Kirchner Reill

Topics: History
Products: Book

“The Habsburg Mayor of New York” reconstructs the 8 years Fiorello LaGuardia spent in some of the Habsburg Monarchy’s most vibrant cities before becoming a New Yorker. This project is less a biography than an archival restoration of the social worlds that formed the young man who would later revolutionize American progressive politics. Thanks to research funded by Botstiber in Hungary, Croatia, Italy, and the United States, this book project will show how much of LaGuardia’s particular blend of social welfare, capitalist, and cross-ethnic politicking emerged thanks to these Habsburg experiences and that thereby the changes he wrought to New York should be seen as much as a Habsburg legacy as an American one.