Between February 16 and February 23, 2023, CEHS will hold elections to the open positions on its Executive Board, namely, the post of Vice President Elect and one Member At-Large. Ballots will be sent to all those who have become or have renewed their membership for 2023. Because CEHS uses a special platform (ElectionBuddy) for the balloting, members should check their spam folders if they do not receive the email ballot.
There are two nominees for post of Vice President Elect:
Rita Krueger (Temple University)
Candidate’s bio: Rita Krueger is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Temple University. She completed her BA in History and German at Indiana University-Bloomington and her PhD in modern European history at Harvard University. Between 1997 and 2004 she served as Associate Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at UW-Madison and spent two years as a Vincent Wright Fellow at the European University Institute. She is a specialist in 18th-century Habsburg history and the Central European Enlightenment. Her first book, Czech, German, and Noble: Status and National Identity in Habsburg Bohemia was published by Oxford in 2009. She subsequently contributed a chapter and co-edited a volume on the Enlightenment in Bohemia and has published on nobility, Maria Theresia, and scientific and agrarian societies. In 2019, she won the R. John Rath prize for best article in the Austrian History Yearbook for her work on Franz von der Trenck. She is currently finishing a biography of Austrian Empress Maria Theresia and has begun a new research project on fame and knowledge networks in Central Europe that focuses on the intersection of transnational scientific authority, status, and local knowledge.
Dominique Kirchner Reill (University of Miami)
Candidate’s bio: A historian of modern Europe, with special interests in the Habsburg Empire and the Balkans, as well as questions of migration, nationalisms and social and intellectual history, Dominique Kirchner Reill is Professor in History at the University of Miami. Her first book, Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice (Stanford UP, 2012), was awarded the Center for Austrian Studies’ Book Award. Her second book, The Fiume Crisis: Life in the Wake of the Habsburg Empire (Belknap Press of Harvard, 2020), received an Honorable Mention from the Jelavich Book Prize. Currently she is working on her next manuscript “The Habsburg Mayor of New York: Fiorello LaGuardia.” In addition, she serves as an editor for the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies, a Steering Committee Member of the Modern European History Collective, a member of the Program Committee of the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and a board member of the journal Contemporary European History.
There are likewise two candidates for the At-Large Member position:
Molly Taylor-Poleskey (Middle Tennessee State University)
Candidate’s bio: Molly Taylor-Poleskey is an early modern European cultural historian and Associate Professor of Digital History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her first book, Food and Culture at the Court of the Great Elector, is under contract with the University of Virginia Press. Her German History article, “A Baker, the Great Elector and Prussian Statebuilding: Territorial Integration in the Everyday,” won the German History Society’s article prize. Her latest endeavors are the Digital Holy Roman Empire, a mapping project, and Hidden Town in 3D, an augmented reality project in collaboration with MTSU’s Animation Department and Old Salem Museums and Gardens in North Carolina.
Janek Wasserman (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
Candidates’s bio: Janek Wasserman is Associate Professor of Modern German and Central European History at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He was a recipient of the Richard Plaschka-Stipendium from the Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung in 2008-2009, a Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Fellowship in 2014-2015 and Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy Fellowship in 2017. His research interests focus on European intellectual history, Central European history, and the history of economics. His first book, Black Vienna: The Radical Right in the Red City, 1918-1938 appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014. His most recent book, The Marginal Revolutionaries: How Austrian Economists Fought the War of Ideas, appeared in September 2019 with Yale University Press and won the Joseph Spengler Book Prize from the History of Economics Society. He also published articles in Central European History, Contemporary Austrian Studies,and Modern Intellectual History, among other journals. He is currently working on a book project on fin-de-siècle Central European thinkers and their proposed alternatives to capitalism. At the University of Alabama, he teaches on the Holocaust, fascism, modern Germany, capitalism, and the philosophy of history.