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Cathleen M. Giustino is the Mills Carter Professor of History at Auburn University. Her research focuses on the politics of architecture and material culture in modern Central Europe, with special attention to the history of Bohemia. She has published Tearing Down Prague's Jewish Town: Ghetto Clearance and the Legacy of Middle-Class Ethnic Politics around 1900 and numerous articles. Her current book-manuscript project examines the confiscation of castles, chateau, art and antiques from groups targeted for ethnic cleansing in Bohemia during and after World War II.
Darin Hayton is associate professor of history of science at Haverford College. His research focuses on the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, especially the science of the stars (e.g., astrology and astronomy) in the Holy Roman Empire and the late Byzantine Empire. He has recently published a book, The Crown and the Cosmos. Astrology and the Politics of Maximilian I. He is currently working on an edition of the medieval Greek version of Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός (a collection of astrological aphorisms long attributed to Claudius Ptolemy). He is also Chair of the Editorial Board for Lever Press.
Howard Louthan is Director of the Center for Austrian Studies and professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of Central Europe with a special focus on religion. His books include The Quest for Compromise: Peacemakers in Counter-Reformation Vienna and Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation.
Lisa Scott completed her Phd at the University of Chicago in December 2018. Her research focuses on institutional development and cross-cultural interactions in medieval and early modern Central Europe. Recent and forthcoming articles include "'To Go, Stay, Tarry, and Return': Jan Hus and the Pan-European Authority of the Safe Conduct," and "Here, There, and Everywhere: The Importance of Location for Bohemian Assemblies." Her current writing project is a monograph for a general audience that presents a holistic picture of higher education.
Tim Olin is an Assistant Professor of History at Central College in Pella, IA. His scholarship explores issues related to colonization, migration, and the creation of frontier cultures in early modern Europe. Most recently his article "'Flüchtlinge’ oder ‘Auswanderer'? Migration aus dem Osmanischen Reich in das Banat im 18. Jahrhundert" was published in a collected volume in Austria.
Elizabeth Dillenburg is assistant professor of history at the Ohio State University. She completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as the editorial assistant at Gender & History and was the assistant editor of the Austrian History Yearbook and a research assistant at the Center for Austrian Studies.
Brian Vetruba is the European Studies and Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Minnesota. In this role, he serves as liaison/subject librarian for a number of departments and centers, including the Center for Austrian Studies. He completed his Master of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and two MAs at Indiana University—one in German Literature and Culture and the other in West European Studies. His interests include German literature, contemporary German and Austrian cultures, European politics, and Digital Humanities.
Avalon Swenson is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Biological Sciences, with dual degrees in History and Biology. Her research is through both the history department and the department of the history of science, technology and medicine. She focuses on Paracelsian medical philosophy and its social and religious implications, particularly in pietism. She is currently in the process of applying to medical school, and refining her bachelor’s thesis for publication.
James Gresock is pursuing his PhD in history at the University of Minnesota. The research for both his BA from Ohio University and his MA from Central European University focused on the relationship between religion and politics in seventeenth-century Europe. Currently, his research focuses on propaganda media of early modern executions, investigating the ways an event was staged and represented and how they affected its subsequent meaning. His upcoming dissertation will compare the symbolic staging and popular afterlives of executions from the period of the Thirty Years’ War to understand how political and religious statements were translated into popular performative languages.