Dominique Reill

Associate Professor, History

University of Miami

Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BRD (West Germany). She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1997, during which time she also studied at the Università di Bologna. She also studied Croatian language and literature at the Filozofski fakultet in Zagreb and Serbian language and literature in Belgrade. She received her Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2007. Prior to coming to Miami, she taught at both Columbia and New York Universities. She received tenure within the University of Miami’s History Department in 2013, when she was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the University of Miami’s College of Arts & Sciences in recognition of her scholarly and creative activities. She is the U.S. Editor of the journal Contemporary European History, an editor of the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies, as well as the Director of Cognates for the University of Miami’s History Department.

Professor Reill’s first monograph, titled Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice, was published by Stanford University Press in 2012 and received the 2014 Book Prize from the Center of Austrian Studies where it was described as “striking for the originality of its sources, the clarity of its argument, and its elegant and lucid prose.” It was also awarded an Honorable Mention from the Southern Historical Association’s 2012 Smith Book Award for European History, where it was described as a "superb book: tightly analyzed, engagingly written, and path-breaking.” The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Laura Shannon Book Prize in European Studies. Nationalists Who Feared the Nation examines a group of local activists living in mid-nineteenth-century Venice, Trieste, and Dalmatia (part of current-day Croatia) who pushed for the formation of a multi-national Adriatic commercial, cultural, and political space. These multi-national activists regarded their project as realist not utopian, arguing that in a trade-oriented maritime world where Italian, German, and Slavic dialects were used interchangeably and residents adhered to either Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Jewish, or Protestant faiths, no one language or national identity could be promoted without provoking intolerance and bloodshed. Alongside the monograph, Professor Reill has published several articles and presented extensively on issues related to this research (for a detailed list, consult the attached CV). Research for this work was conducted in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia and was funded by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, German Marshall Research Fellowship, Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture, University of Miami’s Orovitz Research Fellowship, the Conference Group for Central European History, and the Whiting Foundation Fellowship among others.

Currently, Professor Reill is putting the finishing touches on a new book-length monograph that looks at the fascinating case of a centuries-old city-state’s resistance to President Woodrow Wilson’s plans for a Versailles-determined order of European nation-states. The working title of the manuscript is Rebel City: Fiume’s Challenge to Wilson’s Europe. To complete research and produce a draft of this manuscript Professor Reill received the 2012-2013 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome and the 2013 Title VIII/ACLS Fellowship in East European Studies, among other awards.

Professor Reill’s next project re-examines the political, cultural, and economic background of one of New York City’s most beloved politicians, the three-time mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Tentatively titled The Habsburg Mayor of New York, Professor Reill’s new look at LaGuardia emphasizes the importance of the almost decade-long period LaGuardia lived in Habsburg Southern Europe (Trieste, Budapest, Zagreb, and Fiume/ Rijeka) before arriving in New York as a penniless, ambitious twenty-something young man eager to take the world by storm. Her book promises to show how Europe’s own centers of immigration and urban politics schooled LaGuardia in how to take on the United States’ own urban immigration metropolis. Research for this project has begun thanks to the generous support of the University of Miami’s Provost and Humanities Center Research Awards.

Professor Reill has also been an active member of Columbia University’s Institute for Social Economic Research and Policy (ISERP now INCITE) and NYU’s Remarque Institute. At the University of Miami, Professor Reill teaches courses on Nineteenth-Century Europe, post-World War I, and post-World War II Europe, Italy, and the Balkans. If she doesn’t respond to her phone or her email immediately it is probably because she is hard at work teaching undergraduate and graduate student courses while she simultaneously launches into the fun world of administration as the History Department’s Director of Cognates.