Biography

My name is Jonathan Singerton.

Originally from Wales, I went to study in Birmingham for my BA in German Studies and History. My fascination for the rich culture and history of the Habsburg Empire led me to do an exchange semester at the University of Vienna in 2011-2012. The classes on Austrian history and the American Revolution made me wonder what happened in Vienna during the American Revolution? What did the Habsburg Empire think of the Revolution? Nobody seemed to know the full answer. So I decided to find out for myself.

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At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

I conducted further research on Habsburg-American relations during my MSc American History at the University of Edinburgh. My thesis entitled ‘A Story of Benign Neglect’? Relations Between America and Austria, 1776-1778 won the James V. Crompton Prize in American History.

Since Autumn/Fall 2014 I have continued my research as a PhD candidate, also at the University of Edinburgh. My project entitled Empires on the Edge – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution 1776-1789 is supervised by Prof. Frank Cogliano alongside the kind support of Dr. David Kaufman and Dr. David Silkenat. I submitted my dissertation in Spring 2018 and defend successfully in early June 2018.

During my three years so far I criss-crossed both sides of the Atlantic for research. In these endeavours I have been generously funded by the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and held fellowships from ICJS at Monticello and Austrian Academy of Sciences, among others. I spent a very enjoyable and enriching time at the Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitgeschichtsforschung (INZ) in Vienna as a guest researcher during the latter half of 2017.

In 2016 I was awarded the Peter Parish Prize in American History from the British Association of American Studies. I also published a journal article in German and submitted a chapter contribution for an edited volume entitled Austria and America: Cross-Cultural Encounters. Since then I have also worked on many other projects alongside my dissertation, ranging from the extraordinary life of Maria von Born to Eighteenth-Century Scotland through Austrian Eyes and editing commercial trade statistics. Outlines of these and more can be found on this website.

As of now (June 2018) I wish to pursue a career in academia by publishing this work as a book and developing my other projects and wider interests. In January 2018 I  relocated from the ‘warm’ climes of Edinburgh down south to to Cambridge, England.