I study the history of modern east central Europe, focusing on social movements, nationalism, and popular culture. I have a strong interest in the research methods that fall under the heading "digital humanities" and am currently working to advance these through my position on the CENDARI project.
My doctoral dissertation presented a cultural history of the rise of divisive ethnic nationalism among Czech- and German-speaking workers in the Austrian socialist movement in the years 1890-1914. I published two articles on the basis of this research and extended the timespan to 1918 for my book manuscript.
I am now working on a new research project that addresses east central European rural violence at the end of the First World War in transnational perspective. In particular, I am interested in bands of armed deserters called 'green cadres' who aimed at effecting some kind of social revolution in the post-Habsburg countryside but possessed no conventional political representation.