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, Yiddish, English and Spanish-language sources, his dissertation reconstructs the social scientific languages through which Habsburg legal scholars challenged normative theories of statehood around the turn of the 20th century. He has presented his research at conferences in the United States and Europe, including the Southern Conference in Slavic Studies, American Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, 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.
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Fulbright-IFK Junior Visiting Fellowship awarded by Austrian-American Educational Commission/Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (Vienna) (2017 to 2018)
International Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Award awarded by Duke University Graduate School (2016)
Summer Language Institute Scholarship awarded by University of Pittsburgh (2015)
James B. Duke Fellowship awarded by Duke University Graduate School (2014 to 2019)
Nathan J. Perilman Fellowship awarded by Duke Center for Jewish Studies (2014 to 2018)
Prendergast, T. "The Social Democrats of Scholarship: Austrian Imperial Peripheries and the Making of a Progressive Science of Nationality, 1885–1903." Religions 6, no. 4 (December 2015): 1232-1248. Full Text Open Access Copy
Paper Presentation: “Die Sozialdemokraten in der Wissenschaft: Austrian Folklorists and the Quest for a Science of Nationality". Empire, Socialism, and Jews III: 1848, 1867, 1889 – Revolution, Emancipation and Mass Politics. Internationales Forschun...
“The Sociological Staatsidee: Legal Education, the Theory of the State, and the Meaning of Austrian Multinationalism, 1885-1914,”. Triangle Intellectual History Workshop. Duke University/UNC Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University. September 2016