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Austrian-American Studies




Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors – 2014-2015

Dr. Bettina Leibetseder (Department for Politics and Social Policy at Johannes Kepler University) was hosted by the Department of Political Science at Hunter College of The City University of New York (CUNY). While at Hunter College, Dr. Leibetseder lead a course titled “Comparative Welfare Policy: U.S. and Europe”. The course sought to acquaint students with the basic conceptual and theoretical issues of U.S. and European social policy in a historical and contemporary perspective. Dr. Leibetseder engaged in a research project titled, “Discrimination on the Frontlines of Welfare Administration: Comparing Racial and Religious Bias in the U.S. and Europe.” Her core objective was to develop an understanding of discrimination at the frontlines in the welfare offices in a comparative perspective.

Professor David S. Luft (Department of History at Oregon State University) was hosted by the University of Vienna. He worked on a book titled, “The Austrian Tradition in German Intellectual History: 1740-1838/1939,” which provided a contextual narrative for thinking about Austrian intellectual history in relation to modern German Culture. Professor Luft taught a course titled, “Out of Austria: The Austrian Mind in Exile.” The course emphasized Austrians in a variety of fields who became important figures after they left Austria.




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