Robert Austin

Associate Professor; Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Phone

416-946-8942

Location

Room 128N, 1 Devonshire Place



Biography

Robert Clegg Austin (PhD University of Toronto) is a specialist on East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective. In the past, Austin was a Tirana-based correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; a Slovak-based correspondent with The Economist Group of Publications; and a news writer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Austin has written articles for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Southeast European Times, Orbis, East European Politics and Societies and East European Quarterly along with numerous book chapters and two books published separately in Tirana and Prishtina. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America and was a Guest Professor in 2009 – 2010 at the University of Graz’s Centre for Southeast European Studies. His most recent book, “Founding a Balkan State”, was published with the University of Toronto Press in October 2012. At CERES, he coordinates the Undergraduate European Studies Program, the Hellenic Studies Program and the Hungarian Studies Program.

Research interests

Traditional Justice in Albania
State and Nation Building in the 19th and 20th Century Balkans
Kosovo Democratization

Education

Ph. D University of Toronto, (1998)
M. A University of Toronto, History (1991)
B.A. Carleton University, Political Science, (1987)

Awards and Distinctions

President’s Medal of Gratitude, Republic of Albania, 2015
Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, 2014
Rakoczi Medal For Distinguished Service for Hungarian History and Culture, 2010
Golden Laurel Leaves from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bulgaria for Distinguished Service to Bulgarian Foreign Policy, 2005

Selected Publications

Founding a Balkan State – Albania’s Experiment with Democracy, 1920 – 1925. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Revolucioni i Ikur (English Title: The Disappearing Revolution).  Prishtina: Koha, 2012.

“Transitional Justice as Electoral Politics” in Nadya Nedelsky and Lavinia Stan, Eds Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from 25 Years of Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Purge and Counter-purge in Stalinist Albania,” in K. McDermott and M. Stibbe (eds), Stalinist Terror in Eastern Europe: Elite Purges and Mass Repression.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010

Courses

Europe from Nation State to Supranational State, 1789-Present
Enlarging Europe: The European Union and its Applicants
Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to the Present
The City in Central Europe: Budapest, Prague, Wroclaw and Vienna
Modern Greece in the Balkans and the European Unio

 



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