Prof. Pieter M. Judson


Pieter M. Judson is Professor for 19th and 20th Century History at the EUI and since 2006, editor of the Austrian History Yearbook. Judson has lectured and published in Europe and the United States on issues of gender, politics, and nationalism in nineteenth-century Central Europe, as well as on the construction of sex scandals in 19th and 20th century Austria, and on the challenges of writing the history of sexuality. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna, and has won fellowships from Guggenheim, NEH, Fulbright, and Marshall. In 2010 the Austrian government awarded Judson’s last book, Guardians of the Nation. Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria, the Karl von Vogelsang state prize for best book in the social sciences. Judson is currently completing an anti-nationalist history of Habsburg Central Europe for Harvard University Press.

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Gender-related publications:


  • “A Scandal in the Seminary” in Contemporary Austrian Studies, “Sexuality in Austria.” Ed. Günter Bischof, Anton Pelinka, Dagmar Herzog, vol. XV, 2006,145-157.
  • “The Gendered Politics of German Nationalism in 19th-Century Austria” in Austrian Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Ed. David Good, Margarethe Grandner and Mary Jo Maynes, Berghahn Books, New York, 2000, 1-17.
  • “Deutschnationale Politik und Geschlecht in Österreich 1880-1900” in Frauen in Österreich. Beiträge zu ihrer Situation im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert Ed. David Good, Margarethe Grandner and Mary Jo Maynes, Vienna, Böhlau Verlag, 1994, 32-47.
  • “Die unpolitische Bürgerin im politisierenden Verein: zu einigen Paradoxa des bürgerlichen Weltbildes” in Durch Arbeit, Besitz, Wissen und Gerechtigkeit. Bürgertum in der Habsburgermonarchie II . Ed. Hannes Stekl, Peter Urbanitsch, Ernst Bruckmüller Hans Heiss, Vienna, Böhlau Verlag, 1992, 337-345.


  • Review of Isabel V. Hull, Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815, Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 30, no. 3, 1997.
  • Review of George Chauncey, Gay New York, in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Vol. 2, no. 1, 1996, 327-331


  • Interview with Blue Danube Radio, Vienna, “Gay Studies and Gay Politics in the Contemporary United States,” November 1996

Invited Lectures

  • KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, March 23, 2010, Annual Esther Willits Lecture: Lecture: “Is Sex Really About Sex? Rethinking Scandal in Imperial Austria, ca. 1900”
  • CENTER FOR URBAN HISTORY OF EAST CENTRAL EUROPE, LVIV, June 12-13, 2009 Keynote address for symposium “Sex in the Cities. Prostitution, White Slaving, and Sexual Minorities in Eastern and Central Europe”