- Doctoral Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
- MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
- MAT, Quinnipiac University, 2006
- BA, Quinnipiac University, 2005
I am a doctoral candidate working on military and social history in the early modern Habsburg Monarchy and Austria under the supervision of Dr. Ronnie Hsia. My dissertation is entitled “In Service of the State: Desertion, Discipline, and Army Life in the Habsburg Standing Army in the Eighteenth Century.” In dealing with desertion, my dissertation focuses on the ways in which the Catholic Habsburg Monarchy administered its multilingual, multi-ethnic, multi-confessional subjects and how these subjects reacted to the Monarchy's administration. This project is particularly interested in the legal and administrative treatment of deserting soldiers from 1753-1801 and what we can learn about the political and social dynamics of interactions in the Habsburg Monarchy--ex. what were the motivating factors for desertion in this period and how/why were soldiers punished?
"Arnim-Boitzenburg, Hans Georg von (1583-1641)," Germany at War: An Encyclopedia, ABC-Clio (forthcoming, 2014)
Awards and Service:
Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship (2012-2013)
PSU College of Liberal Arts RGSO Dissertation Support Grant (2011)
IIE-ÖAD Fulbright- Mach Fellowship (2011-2012)
Central European History Society Research and Travel Grant (2011)
In Service of the State: Desertion, Discipline, and Army Life in the Habsburg Standing Army in the Eighteenth Century
This dissertation traces the legal and administrative treatment of deserters in the multinational Habsburg Monarchy, particularly from 1740 to 1801, as well as the structural changes to the army brought on during the reigns of Maria Theresa and her children in the age of 'enlightened absolutism'.