Alison Frank Johnson
Alison Frank Johnson’s teaching and research focus on transnational approaches to the history of central and eastern Europe. She teaches courses on the global history of commodities and European environmental history as well as courses on the Habsburg Empire and its successor states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book, Oil Empire: Visions of Prosperity in Austrian Galicia (2005), was awarded the Barbara Jelavich 2006 book prize, the Austrian Cultural Forum 2006 Book Prize, and the Polish Studies Association 2006 Orbis Book Prize. Her second book (now in progress), Invisible Empire: A New Global History of Austria, argues that the Habsburg Monarchy was an imperial power, if not a colonizing power. Austria-Hungary’s engagement with maritime commerce created welcome opportunities to solidify Austria-Hungary’s position as a great power — but also unforeseen challenges, as Austria became entangled in trafficking, smuggling, and the slave trade. Additional interests include the transformation of the Alpine environment, religiosity and conversion, and late imperial Vienna. Frank Johnson offers general exam fields in German-speaking Europe (modern), Eastern or Central Europe (modern), and European Environmental History (modern and/or early modern).