The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
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 2014-2015 program year, Professor Bettina Leibetseder (Department for Politics and Social Policy at Johannes Kepler University) will be hosted by the Department of Political Science at Hunter College of The City University of New York (CUNY). While at Hunter College, Professor Leibetseder will lead a course titled “Comparative Welfare Policy: U.S. and Europe”. The course seeks to acquaint students with the basic conceptual and theoretical issues of U.S. and European social policy in a historical and contemporary perspective. Professor Leibetseder will engage 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 is 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) will be hosted by the University of Vienna. He will work on a book titled, “The Austrian Tradition in German Intellectual History: 1740-1838/1939,” which will provide a contextual narrative for thinking about Austrian intellectual history in relation to modern German Culture. Professor Luft will teach a course titled, “Out of Austria: The Austrian Mind in Exile.” The course will emphasize Austrians in a variety of fields who became important figures after they left Austria.
Learn more about:
- Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professors of Austrian-American Studies in Austria and the United States
- The Botstiber Fellowship
- BIAAS Grants for the Study of Austrian-American History
- BIAAS Programs
For more information, contact:
Valerie Arapis, Deputy Administrator
The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation
200 E. State Street
Media, Pennsylvania 19063