Michael Portmann is a research associate in the research unit History of the Habsburg Monarchy and was 2015-2019 leader of the project ‘Between Sultan and Emperor. Imperial Legacies, Loyalties and Governance in Ottoman-Habsburg Borderlands, 1800–1900’ funded by the Austrian Science Fund.
He studied history and Slavic studies at the University of Vienna and received a ZEIT Foundation scholarship from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he completed his PhD on the topic ‘Die kommunistische Revolution in der Vojvodina 1944-1952. Politik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Kultur’. He joined the Historical Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as a researcher in 2006, and teaches at the universities of Vienna and Bern. In 2010, he was awarded the Richard G. Plaschka Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Period: 19th and 20th centuries.
Area: Southeast Europe, Habsburg Monarchy in an international context.
Topics: international history, state and society, collective identities, borderland studies, communism research, nationality policy