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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. His research asks how Eastern Europe’s multinational monarchies legitimized themselves in the face of new, nation-centric theories of statehood around the turn of the twentieth century. He has presented his work at conferences in the United States and Europe, including the German Studies Association Conference, American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, and Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. In addition, his work has appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History and 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. In January 2021, he will begin a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Teaching (Fall 2020):

    Online ON, WF 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 160S.01, SXL 160S.01)

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, TR, The Sociological Idea of the State: Legal Education, Austrian Multinationalism, and the Future of Continental Empire, 1880–1914, Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 62 no. 2 (April, 2020), pp. 327-358, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  2. 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]

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