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The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Matthew Berg, Ph.D., professor of history at John Carroll University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Vienna, Austria. 


Professor Berg will research at the Austrian National Library, the Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance, and the Social Science Library of the Austrian Chamber of Labor, as well as the Viennese Municipal and Provincial Archive, as he completes his book manuscript Reinventing Red Vienna: The Reconstruction of a Social Democratic Milieu, 1945-1949


The project examines post-conflict reconstruction of democratic political culture in Vienna during the initial years of reconstruction under four-power occupation through frames that include: denazification; employment and patronage; housing shortage and other infrastructure challenges; and education reform. Professor Berg will be affiliated with the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna and the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna.

Though my Fulbright work will focus on bringing my book manuscript to completion, I look forward to bringing this work to students here at John Carroll University and more broadly. Our world has too many regions either actively in conflict or struggling with post-conflict issues.  The world has a tremendous need to prepare students to engage in post-conflict work in governmental, NGO or volunteer capacities, or work directly with refugees from conflict regions around the world.  

He continued, “In keeping with our Jesuit mission to care for whole persons, my work will contribute to our ability to hone students’ critical focus,  cultivate their empathy, and become more informed citizens of a global power whose decisions affect people under circumstances of conflict or reconstruction."


As a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Berg will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Austria. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. 


"John Carroll University inspires students to learn, lead, and serve in the community and throughout the world,” said Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Our faculty model this approach in any number of ways -- one remarkable example is Professor Matt Berg's recent appointment as a Fulbright Scholar to Austria. Professor Berg will spend the next academic year in Austria finishing his current book project, Reinventing Red Vienna, and making academic and cultural connections that will enrich his future research, his teaching, and the study-abroad programs he offers at John Carroll. I am thrilled to congratulate Professor Berg and to celebrate this well-deserved honor."


As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or Government. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. 


Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.


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