Kristina's dissertation, "Migrant Nation-Builders: The Development of Austria-Hungary's National Projects in the United States," explored the relationship between transatlantic migration, migrant identities, and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungary Empire from the 1880s through the 1920s. It traced 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 dissected 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 bridged migration history, foreign relations history, and critical nationalism theory to present a multiethnic transnational interpretation of migration from East Central Europe. Kristina's work was supported by a Fulbright Austrian-Hungarian Joint Research Award, the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, an East European Studies Title VIII Short-Term Scholarship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the America Council of Learned Societies, and a fellowship from the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, as well as research grants from the German Historical Institute, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Kristina offered courses at William & Mary, Karoli Reformed University in Budapest, Christopher Newport University, and Randolph-Macon College, as well as the National Institute of American History & Democracy's Pre-Collegiate Summer Program. She continues to assist with publications at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and was a historian and editor for "Proud and Torn," an online interactive visual timeline of Hungarian history, www.proudandtorn.com. She is currently the editor of the Journal of Austrian-American History, published by PSU Press.