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Gary B Cohen

History 1110A Heller Hall 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • Central and Eastern Europe, 1740-1939
  • Austria and Germany, 1790-1939
  • modern European social and political history
  • modern European Jewish history
  • ethnic minorities in modern Europe


  • Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria. Cohen, Gary, West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1996.
  • Neither Absolutism nor Anarchy: New Narratives on Society and Government in Late Imperial Austria: Cohen, Gary, Austrian History Yearbook, 29(1) 37-61, 1998.
  • The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861-1914, revised 2nd ed. Cohen, Gary, W. Lafayette: Purdue University Press, Author, 2006.
  • Nationalist Politics & the Dynamics of State & Civil Society in the Habsburg: Cohen, Gary, Central European History, 40 241-78, 2007.

Research Activities

  • Book project, "Society, Popular Politics, and the State in Late Imperial Austria": an interpretive synthesis on the evolving relationship of society and the state in the Habsburg Monarchy from 1890 to World War I, 1996

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Austrian Studies

Courses Taught

  • History 3244: History of Eastern Europe
  • History 3747: Habsburg Central Europe, 1740-1918
  • History 3775: History of the European Jews
  • History 5777: Proseminar on Habsburg Central Europe, 1740-1918
  • History 5900: Proseminar on Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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