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Residency Dates: November 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019


Lucile Dreidemy

Lucile Dreidemy is an associate professor of German studies at the University of Toulouse. She was previously a Mellon Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral fellow of the University of Strasbourg. Dreidemy is a full member of the Centre de Recherche et d’Études Germaniques (CREG), and a member of the editorial board of the journals Zeitgeschichte and Austriaca.

At CES, Dreidemy will investigate the role of foundations in the United States and West Germany as political entrepreneurs during critical points of decolonization in the Cold War era. The project will analyze how the two countries used the relationship between their foundations and foreign offices to a) strengthen U.S.-German relations and b) expand their political, economic and cultural influence in developing countries.

Her 2014 book Der Dollfuß-Mythos: Eine Biographie des Posthumen examined the political controversies surrounding former Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss. It was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize for Science and the Arts.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of German Studies, University of Toulouse
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Lucile Dreidemy. Der Dollfuß-Mythos: Eine Biographie des Posthumen, (Vienna: Böhlau-Verlag, 2014).
  • Lucille Dreidemy, co-ed. Florian Wenninger, “Das Dollfuss/Schuschnigg Regime 1933–1938: Vermessung eines Forschungsfeldes,” Vienna: Böhlau-Verlag, 2013, pp. 638.

Research Project

Between developmentalism, imperialism and containment: West German and US-American foundations as political entrepreneurs at the critical juncture of decolonization