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Alison Frank Johnson

Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair (on leave 2022-2023)


Alison Frank Johnson

Alison Frank Johnson is professor of history at Harvard University and a resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. She is interested in transnational approaches to the history of modern central and eastern Europe, particularly the Habsburg Empire and its successor states. Her first book, Oil Empire: Visions of Prosperity in Austrian Galicia (2005), was awarded the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, the Austrian Cultural Forum Book Prize, and was co-winner of the Polish Studies Association’s Orbis Prize in Polish Studies. Her book project, Invisible Empire: A New Global History of Austria, focuses on the Adriatic port city of Trieste and the Habsburg Monarchy’s participation in global commerce in the long nineteenth century. Other interests include slavery, serfdom, and their abolition in Europe and the Mediterranean; the global history of capital punishment and its abolition and environmental history. Frank is associate director of the Center for History and Economics.


  • Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University