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.


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.


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.


Nancy Wingfield

Topics: Gender, History
Products: Article, Book

Nancy Wingfield received a $5,013 BIAAS grant for her book project on everyday life in Allied-occupied Vienna from 1945 to 1955, focusing on gender relations.   Her research offers fresh perspectives on the connections between sexual exchange and power relations by demonstrating that the Viennese experience of occupation varied by zone, age, class, familial structure, and gender. Viennese women did not necessarily consider themselves victims, nor did they behave as victims, in their interactions with [...]


Sina Hoche – VALIE EXPORT in Context: Transatlantic Affinities between Performance Art and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Austria and the U.S.

Topics: Art, Culture, Gender, History, Literature
Products: Article, Conference, Journal/Magazine

Sina Hoche received a BIAAS grant for her project “VALIE EXPORT in Context: Transatlantic Affinities between Performance Art and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Austria and the U.S.”  in which she will be examining sketches, drafts, recordings, and other works stored at the VALIE EXPORT Research Center in Linz, Austria and the MoMA in New York City. […]


Regina Range

Topics: Culture, Film, Gender, History
Products: Research

Regina Range received a 2018 BIAAS grant for her project, “From Vienna to Hollywood: Uncovering the Forgotten Lives and Careers of Three Female Austrian-Jewish Exile Scriptwriters.” […]