Botstiber Institute
Botstiber Institute for
Austrian-American Studies




The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies

BIAAS hosted a panel discussion titled “The Politics of Migration in American and Austria” on May 20, 2016 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The panel was moderated by Tara Zahra and featured guest speakers Farid Hafez and James “Jim” Hollifield.


Dietrich Botstiber witnessed the most unsettling times in modern Austrian history. In his memoirs, he describes the difficult social and economic conditions in Austria from the time of the breakup of the Dual Hapsburg Empire to the 1938 Anschluss. He left Austria for the United States in 1938. He was grateful to become an American but at the same time Botstiber believed that Americans did not fully appreciate the Austrian predicament leading up to World War II. One of Botstiber’s objectives in establishing his Foundation was to “promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria.”

To that end, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) supports projects that implement Botstiber’s mission. BIAAS and the Austrian-American Educational Commission jointly sponsor two Fulbright-Botstiber visiting professorships, one in Austria and the other in the United States. BIAAS offers an annual fellowship in Austrian-American Studies, and it provides grants for work, and sponsors programs, in the fields of history, politics, economics, law and cultural studies.

Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and the Austrian-American Educational Commission jointly established two Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors of Austrian-American Studies during the 2016-2017 program year. Farid Hafez (Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, University of Salzburg) will be hosted by University of California, Berkeley’s by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Asian American Studies. He will conduct a research project titled “Understanding Islamophobia in a Global and Comparative Perspective. The main goal of his research will increase the mutual understanding and create an academic dialogue between scholars on Islamophobia in Austria and the United States. First he will ask which notions of Islamophobia have been employed in Islamophobia Studies and have been used since the term was first coined in 1997. In the second step, epistemological assumptions of different usages of Islamophobia will be investigated with a special emphasis put on German-speaking literature and studies influenced by anti-Semitism-Studies and the Anglo-Saxon literature.

 Marc Landry (Postdoctoral Scholar at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah State University) will be hosted by the Institute of History and European Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck. He will conduct research project titled Energetic Transformations: The United States, Kaprun, and the Postwar Austrian Landscape. His project will promote the understanding of the historical relationship between Austria and the United States by teaching and performing collaborative research in the history of energy. His course on modern world energy history, will cover (among other things) the role of United States economic aid in the creation of the postwar Austrian electricity supply. He also plans to complete research for his current book project on the environmental history of electrification in Europe by composing a chapter on the environmental impacts of American-financed, postwar Austrian hydroelectric development.

Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors Page

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For information on the Fulbright-Botstiber award for U.S. scholars to Austria, consult the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars:

For information on the Fulbright-Botstiber award for Austrian scholars to the U.S., consult the website of the AAEC at

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