Robert Austin

Associate Director, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Professor, Teaching Stream, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Room 126N

Trinity College
1 Devonshire Place 
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

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Current affiliations

  • Director, Student Programs
  • Director, Hellenic Studies and Hungarian Studies

Areas of interest

  • Transitional Justice in Albania
  • Nations and state-building in the Balkans
  • Kosovo Democratization
  • Para-states in Europe



Robert C. 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, 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. His most recent book , A History of Central Europe was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2021. Prior to that, Making and Remaking the Balkans: Nations and States since 1878, was published with the University of Toronto Press in May 2019. An Albanian translation of the revised and expanded edition of the book published in Kosovo as  “Bërja dhe ribërja e Ballkanit: Kombet dhe shtetet që nga viti 1878” with Koha in April 2021. At CERES, he coordinates the Undergraduate and Graduate European Studies Program, the Hellenic Studies Program and the Hungarian Studies Program.

Select publications

  • A History of Central Europe, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021
  • Bërja dhe ribërja e Ballkanit: Kombet dhe shtetet që nga viti 1878. Prishtina: Koha, 2021.
  • Making and Remaking the Balkans: Nations and States since 1878. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.
  • 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.

Awards & recognition

  • 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


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 Union