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 Jonathan Singerton (BA, MSc., PhD)

Jonathan Singerton


Tel.: +43 512 507-43253

E-Mail: jonathan.singerton@uibk.ac.at

Room: 40701, 7. Stock


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Project Researcher in the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project ‘Changing Social Representations of Political Order ca. 1800: Concepts of Ideal Governance in the Correspondence of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples-Sicily.’

Born and raised in Wales (United Kingdom), Singerton studied a BA Hons. degree in German Studies and History at the University of Birmingham between 2009 and 2013 with an Erasmus year abroad at the University of Vienna (2011-2012). He completed a Masters (MSc.) in American History at the University of Edinburgh in 2013-2014.

Singerton earned a PhD in History at the University of Edinburgh in 2018 with a dissertation on the American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy 1763-1789. Funding for the PhD was mainly provided through scholarships from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Institute for Austria-American Studies at the Student Research Fund at the University of Edinburgh. 

During his PhD, Singerton was an International Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Virginia (2015), an Ernst Mach Fellow at the Institute for Early Modern and Contemporary History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2016) and a Henry Belin Fellow at the Hagley Research Library in Wilmington, Delaware (2018). He has also attracted funding from the Scottish Historical Review Trust and the Strathmarine Trust for his research into Austrian-Scottish connections during the eighteenth century.

He has been awarded numerous prizes for his work including the Otto Harpner Award (Anglo-Austrian Society, 2013), the James V. Compton Prize for American History (University of Edinburgh, 2014), the Peter Paris Award for American History (British Association of American Studies, 2016), and the Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History (University of Edinburgh, 2018).

Currently he is completing a monograph on the effects of the American Revolution on the Habsburg Monarchy.

For further information, please visit his personal website here  

Research Interests

  • Periods: Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Age of Revolutions (1750-1850)
  • Regions: Habsburg Monarchy, North America, Transatlantic
  • Themes: International History, Transatlantic History, Economic and Trade History, Intellectual History, Age of Revolutions, Migration, Gender History. 





“Encountering the Fields of Fire – Neapolitan Networks from Bohemia to Pennsylvania and the Transformation of Regional Study into Global Science,” Geschichte und Region / Storia e Regione, 30, no. 1 (2021) (accepted/in press).


“A Mirror of Reform and Opposition in the Austrian Netherlands and Hungary: The Reforms of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples-Sicily and Her Detractors,” in Henrik Hőnich and Ágoston Nágy, eds., Pamphlets and Patriots: Oppositional Movements in the Austrian Netherlands and Hungary in 1789-1790 (Brussels: Standen & Landen, 2021) (accepted/in press).


“A Revolution in Ink: Mapping Benjamin Franklin’s Epistolary Network in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1776-1789,” Jahrbuch der österreichischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, 34 (2019), 91-113.


“New World, New Market. A Merchants Mission to Trade between Philadelphia and Trieste in 1783,” Yearbook of the Society for 18th Century Studies on South Eastern Europe, Vol. 1, No. 1 “Voices from an era of transition: South Eastern Europe in the 18th Century” (Graz: Universitätsbibliothek Graz, 2018), 65-72.


“Some Here Are Warm for the Part of America”: Knowledge of and Sympathy for the American Cause in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1763-1789,” Journal of Austrian-American History, 1, No. 2 (2017), 128-158. 


“175 or 235 Years of Austro-American Relations? Reflections and Repercussion for the Modern Day,” in Joshau Parker and Ralph Poole, eds., Austria and America: 20th-Century Cross-Cultural Connections (Zurich: LIT Verlag, 2017), 13-30.


“A Story of Benign Neglect”? Die Gründungsgeschichte Amerikas und die Habsburgermonarchie 1776-1783,” Opera Historica – Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, 17, No. 1 (2016): 56-68.


Invited Reviews

“Double Review of Annemarie Steidl, Wladimir Fischer-Nebmaier, and James W. Oberly, From a Multiethnic Empire to a Nation of Nations: Austro-Hungarian Migrants in the US, 1870-1940 (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2017) and Günter Bischof, ed., Quiet Invaders Revisited: Biographies of Twentieth Century Immigrants to the United States (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2017),” in Journal of Austrian-American Studies (2019), forthcoming.

“Review of Karen Green, A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014),” in Jahrbuch der österreichischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, 34 (2019), 178-181.

Review of Barbara Haider-Wilson, William D. Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller, eds., Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis / International History in Theory and Practice, Internationale Geschichte / International History Series, Vol. 4 (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2017),” in British International History Group Newsletter, (2018), 22-24.

Public Media

Most Recent

Der vergessene Chronist der Amerikanischen Revolution in der Habsburgermonarchie,” Die Habsburgermonarchie – Das Blog der INZ/ÖAW, June 2019

Zinzendorf and Zinner: Two Unlikely Experts on the American Revolution,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, January 2019

All in His Hands: The Emperor’s Artist Who Sculpted America’s Founding Fathers,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, January 2019.

‘Lessons for Republicans’ John Adams’s Son-in-Law Visits Vienna,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, December 2018.


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