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Kristina  Poznan

ABD History

Advisor: Scott Reynolds Nelson
Current Research: U.S. immigration and ethnic history, America and the World, Central & Eastern European nationalism


Kristina Poznan is currently Ph.D. candidate and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies. She received her B.A. in 2008 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is in her sixth and final year of the M.A./Ph.D. program at William & Mary. Kristina teaches for the National Institute of American History & Democracy’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Program each year and offered HIST 122 (American History since 1877) in the Department in Spring 2014. She also assists with publications at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and with research for Bedford/St. Martin's "America's History" textbook.

Kristina’s dissertation, “Becoming Immigration Nation-Builders: The Development of Austria-Hungary’s National Projects in the United States,” explores the relationship between transatlantic migration, migrant identities, and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungary Empire from the 1880s through the 1920s. It traces the extensive actions of Austro-Hungarian state and church officials to maintain the loyalty of subjects abroad and the processes among migrants of crafting new European identities in the United States. The project dissects the political role of American ethnic nationalists in lobbying for new European states during the First World War and examines the dual effects of new European borders and restrictive U.S. immigration legislation in limiting transatlantic mobility in the war’s aftermath. The dissertation thus bridges migration history, foreign relations history, and critical nationalism theory to present a multiethnic transnational interpretation of migration from East Central Europe. The project has been supported by a Fulbright Austrian-Hungarian Joint Research Award, the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and an East European Studies Title VIII Short-Term Scholarship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as well as research grants from the German Historical Institute, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.