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.


Nina Kaiser

Topics: History, Science
Products: Article, Digital Project

Forensic science as a holistic discipline was developed in Austria in the late 19th century by Hans Gross. As an internationally well-connected researcher, he shaped the development of forensics worldwide. However, it appears that Gross appreciated one American colleague particularly: John H. Wigmore, Professor at the Northwestern University Chicago, who was also a highly influential character and laid the foundation of the modern American law of evidence. The appreciation was mutual but their relationship and influence on the development of criminal sciences on both sides of the Atlantic were never studied. Therefore, the presented archival research investigates this transatlantic relationship and its potential impact on the field.


Oliver Sukrow – Alternative Spaces of Innovation. A Comparative Study of 19th-Century Spa Towns as Regional Innovation Clusters

Topics: Architecture, Art, Culture, History, Science
Products: Article, Book, Conference Presentation

  Dr. Oliver Sukrow received a $21,118 BIAAS grant for his research project “Alternative Spaces of Innovation. A Comparative Study of 19th-Century Spa Towns as Regional Innovation Clusters.” His interdisciplinary project aims from a historical-comparative perspective at exploring how 19th-century spa towns in Austria and California became regional innovation clusters. This project argues that innovation in 19th-century Austria and California also occurred in ‘alternative’ spaces such as spa towns. He is particularly interested in exploring [...]


Katherine Sorrels

Topics: History, Migration, Psychology, Science
Products: Research

Katherine Sorrels received a BIAAS grant to research Jewish physicians and therapists who fled Nazi Vienna for Scotland, where they founded what would become a global network on intentional communities that cared for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. […]


Sonja Walch

Topics: History, Science
Products: Research

BIAAS awarded a grant for $10,536.37 to Sonja Walch to investigate Austrian botanist Mona Lisa Steiner’s role in the transfer of knowledge and practice in tropical botany in the Philippines from the 1930s to the 1960s. […]