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Biography

I am a Researcher at the Department of History and Civilisation, working on Zionism and its role in the construction of a modern Jewish-national identity during Europe’s crisis 1914–1923. I’m particularly focusing on the transitional period from Empire to ‘nation state’ and this process’s implication for the Jewish population in Central/Eastern Europe.

I hold a BA in History from the University of Salzburg (my revised version of my BA thesis on the Austrian Solidarity movement for the Nicaraguan revolution in the 1980s was published in 2015 by Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung). I finished my MA at the same university,
writing my thesis on the split within the socialist-Zionist movement Poale Zion in the context of the European Revolution and the Balfour Declaration 1917–1921.
Apart from Salzburg I also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and Tel Aviv University.

I’ve worked as a student assistant and participated in two research projects at the University of Salzburg: on Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the context of the protests against the 2014 Gaza war, and on popular reactions to the outbreak of World War One in the region of Salzburg.
At the EUI, I’m co-organising the interdisciplinary ‘Nationalism Working Group’. In 2017 I am going to teach and organise and excursion on nationalism and group identity in Israel/Palestine at the University of Salzburg.

Before starting my studies I worked for five years as a social worker, supporting persons with mental and multiple disabilities.