Thomas Prendergast,

Thomas Prendergast

Thomas R. Prendergast is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and Nathan J. Perilman Fellow in Judaic Studies at Duke University. He holds an M.A. in History from Duke University and a B.A. in History and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. Drawing on German, Polish, Yiddish, English and Spanish-language sources, his dissertation reconstructs the social scientific languages through which Habsburg legal scholars challenged normative theories of statehood around the turn of the 20th century. He has presented his research at conferences in the United States and Europe, including the Southern Conference in Slavic Studies, American Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, and Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. In addition, his work has appeared in the journal Religions as part of its ongoing special series “Empire, Socialism, and Jews: Writing the Monarchy Back into Austrian History.” From 2017 to 2018, he was a Fulbright Junior Visiting Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna, Austria.

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Teaching (Fall 2019):


European and Russia
Global Transnational History
Intellectual History
Legal History

Austria--History • Austria--History--1789-1900 • Austria--History--20th century • Bukovina (Romania and Ukraine)--History • Europe, Central • Galicia (Poland and Ukraine)--History • Intellectual history • Jews--Austria • Law--Austria--History • Law--Europe--History • Law--Germany--History • Law--Poland--History • Poland--History--1864-1918 • Poland--History--19th century • Science--Poland--History • Sociology--Europe--History

Recent Publications

  1. Prendergast, T, The Social Democrats of Scholarship: Austrian Imperial Peripheries and the Making of a Progressive Science of Nationality, 1885–1903, Religions, vol. 6 no. 4 (December, 2015), pp. 1232-1248, MDPI AG [repository], [doi]