John Deak

John Deak


Associate Professor

Graduate Program Field

European History


Imperial; Modern Europe; Political


Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research and Teaching Interests

I am broadly interested in the history of European political culture, from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century. I offer courses on central and eastern Europe including German History and the Habsburg Empire, broader courses on Europe in the Age of Revolution and the World Wars, as well as courses in historical methodology and the philosophy of history. Finally, I actively am involved in the training of graduate students who work on a variety of topics, offering courses on theories of nationalism, the state, and modern capitalism spanning the last three centuries. 


My research interests are likewise broad but focus on the region broadly defined as central Europe. Within this region, I have been slowly moving into the twentieth century, researching topics which include political Catholicism and Fascism, the First World War, civil military relations, and authority and power associated with states and bureaucratic organizations. 


I am currently publishing a book-length history of bureaucracy and state building in the Habsburg Empire, Forging a Multinational State: State Making in Imperial Austria from the Enlightenment to the First World War (Stanford University Press, 2015). Additionally, I have recently been working on a history of the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy as well as how that collapse has been portrayed in the historiography of Europe and particularly the First World War. This appeared as "The Great War and the Forgotten Realm: The Habsburg Monarchy and the First World War" in the Journal of Modern History, 2014.

Contact Information

Office: 463 Decio
Phone: 574-631-5767

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556