Professor Dean Jeffrey Kotlowski (Department of History, Salisbury University) will be hosted by Salzburg University’s American Studies program. He will demonstrate and build connections between American and Austrian studies by: (1) expanding scholarly understanding of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Paul V. McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner to the Philippines, by comparing their conceptions of security with those of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, in an article to be published in Austria; (2) revising for publication in Austria a paper on McNutt’s role in bringing 1,300 Austrian and German Jews to Manila in the late 1930s; (3) giving lectures on McNutt’s assistance to Jews, including screening the critically-praised documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust” (2013); and (4) teaching courses that will allow Austrian students to see ties between the USA and Austria, especially during the 1930s and 1940s.
Professor Max Preglau (Full professor at the Department of Sociology, School of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, areas of research: Theory and Methodology of Sociologie; Social Structure and Social Change in Austria, Europe and the USA; Social Policy and Gender Equality Politics in Austria, Europe and the USA) will be hosted at the Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He will conduct a research project that is part of his longer term research program titled “Welfare States in Transition - Austria, Europe and the USA in Comparative Perspective”. The special focus of his studies at Austin will lie on the regional state level of the U.S. social policy. Furthermore, he will teach a course titled “Rise, Current Challenges and Transformations of the Welfare State: Austria, Europe and the USA”.