Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Professor Paul Hanebrink

Fellow Paul Hanebrink

April - June 2019 (fellowship during sabbatical leave from Rutgers University)
e-mail: hanebrin(at)history.rutgers(dot)edu

Since 2007, Paul Hanebrink has been Associate Professor History and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. From 2007-2013, he was also Director of the Institute for Hungarian Studies at Rutgers. Before that, he was Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University from 2001-2007 and Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska fro 2000-2001. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2000. From October 2014 until March 2015 Paul Hanebrink held a regular fellowship at the Imre Kertész Kolleg.


Research project at the Kolleg

The project description will be published shortly

Main areas of research

  •     Modern East Central Europe, with a particular focus on Hungary
  •     The history of nationalism and antisemitism as modern political ideologies
  •     The place of religion in the modern nation-state

Positions and Memberships

  •     Member, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
  •     Member, Association for the Study of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies


A Specter Haunting Europe. The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

In Defense of Christian Hungary: Religion, Nationalism, and Antisemitism in Hungary, 1890-1944, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.


“An Anti-Totalitarian Saint: The Canonization of Edith Stein,” Journal of the History of Ideas 79(3) (July 2018): 481-495.

“European Protestants Between Anti-Communism and Anti-Totalitarianism: The Other Interwar Kulturkampf?” Journal of Contemporary History 53(3) (July 2018): 622-643.

"The Politics of Holocaust Memory in Hungary" in John-Paul Himka and Joanna Michlic, eds. Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

"Islam, Anti-Communism, and Christian Civilization: The Ottoman Menace in Interwar Hungary," Austrian History Yearbook, Vol. 40 (2009): 114-124.
"Transnational Culture War: Christianity, Nation, and the Judeo-Bolshevik Myth in Hungary, 1890-1920," Journal of Modern History 80, no. 1 (March 2008): 55-80.
"Sicknesses of the Empire" in András Gerő, ed. The Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, 1867-1918 (New Holland Publishers Uk Ltd, 2009) (Listed on cover as contributor for editorial work done.) The Hungarian version is: András Gerő and Zsuzsa Gáspár, eds., Volt egyszer egy birodalom... Egy közép-európai birodalom. Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia (1867-1918), Budapest: Officina '96, 2009.

"Christianity and National Reconstruction in Interwar Hungary" in Brian Porter and Bruce Berglund, eds., Christianity in Eastern Europe (Central European University Press, 2010): 72-96.

"The Redemption of Christian Hungary: Christianity, Confession, and Nationalism in Hungary, 1919-1944." In Michael Geyer and Hartmut Lehmann, editors. Religion und Nation. Goettingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2004: 255-75.


Review of Health, Hygiene and Eugenics in Southeastern Europe to 1945, ed. by Christian Promitzer, Sevasti Trubeta, and Marius Turda. In Slavic Review 71(4) (Winter, 2012): 923-924.

Review of Wien und die jüdische Erfahrung, 1900-1938: Akkulturation - Antisemitismus - Zionismus, ed. by Frank Stern and Barbara Eichinger. In English Historical Review 127(524) (January, 2012): 222-224.

Review of Andrei Oişteanu, Inventing the Jew: Antisemitic Stereotypes in Romanian and Other Central- East European Cultures. In Journal of Modern History 83(4) (December, 2011): 935-937.

Double review of Jason Wittenberg, Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary and Norbert Spannenberger, Die katholische Kirche in Ungarn, 1918-1939: Positionierung im politischen System und "Katholische Renaissance." In Journal of Modern History 81(1) (March, 2009): 228-232.

Please find more information on Paul Hanebrink on the website of the Rutgers University