Thomas Prendergast
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Thomas R. Prendergast is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and Nathan J. Perilman Fellow in Judaic Studies at Duke University. He holds an M.A. in History from Duke University and a B.A. in History and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. Drawing on German, Polish, and Yiddish-language sources, his research asks how Eastern Europe’s multinational monarchies legitimized themselves in the face of new, nation-centric theories of statehood around the turn of the twentieth century. He has presented his work at conferences in the United States and Europe, including the German Studies Association Conference, American Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, Southern Conference for Slavic Studies,  and Triangle Intellectual History Seminar. In addition, his work has appeared in the journal Religions  as part of its ongoing special series “Empire, Socialism, and Jews: Writing the Monarchy Back into Austrian History.” From 2017 to 2018, he was a Fulbright Junior Visiting Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna, Austria.

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