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2014-15 Center for Austrian Studies Staff, Left to right: Sharon Park, Gary Cohen, Jennifer Hammer, Chris Flynn, Carl Neumayr, and Daniel Pinkerton.

Name Email Position
Gary Cohen Interim Director
Christopher Flynn Graduate Assistant
Jennifer Hammer Program Associate
Carl Neumayr 2014-15 CAS/BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow
Sharon Park Assistant Editor, Austrian History Yearbook
Daniel Pinkerton Editor

Director: Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen returns to the Center for 2014-15 in preparation of Howard Louthan's directorship in the 2015-16 academic year. Cohen has a long and productive history with the Center, having become the fifth director in 2001. Cohen established closer ties with several of the other research centers at the University of Minnesota as well as the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. In 2007, he took a one-semester sabbatical and former CAS director David Good returned as acting director. In 2007, Cohen negotiated a contract with Cambridge University Press to publish the Austrian History Yearbook, which has increased the worldwide presence of our journal.

Graduate Assistant: Christopher Flynn

Chris Flynn is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of History.  He studies early medieval history and is working on a dissertation on late Carolingian warfare. He assists the editors of the Austrian History Yearbook and the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine, as well as helping out with the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Program Associate: Jennifer Hammer

Jennifer Hammer joined CAS in January 2015, with primary responsibilities for supporting programming in the Center for Austrian Studies, as well as the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Jennifer completed her degree at the University of Minnesota in Anthropology and Japanese, and has done graduate work in the history of design at Parsons the New School of Design. Jennifer studied in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Graz, Austria and New York City. Jennifer comes to us from the Department of Communication Studies and has programming and management experience at a number of non-profit organizations including JSTOR, Artstor, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

2014-2015 CAS/BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow: Carl Neumayr

Carl Neumayr is in the Department of Sociology at the University of Graz. He is in Minnesota to work on his PhD thesis, which concerns quantitative approaches to faculty surveys in the United States and Austria. Carl will also be assisting the Center, especially in the area of new media.

Assistant Editor, Austrian History Yearbook: Sharon Park

In 2014-15 Sharon will serve her first term as assistant editor of the Austrian History Yearbook. She is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation examines the politics of U.S. foreign and humanitarian aid to child refugees during the Cold War.

Editor: Daniel Pinkerton

Daniel Pinkerton has been the editor and art director of the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine since 1992 and the CAS Annual Report since 1991. He is also the Center for Austrian Studies website coordinator, performs other design- and editorial-related duties, and assists the director in special projects. Pinkerton holds an M.F.A. in playwriting and an M.A. in European history. Outside of the university, he is an active playwright and lyricist.