Associate Professor of History and Department Chair
Professor Healy teaches courses on the history of modern Europe. She completed graduate fields in twentieth-century Europe, the Habsburg Empire, 1740-1918, and women’s and gender history. Before joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark she taught for seven happy years in the History Department at Oregon State University.
Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of Central Europe (Germany, Austria, the Czechlands, Poland) with special emphasis on World War I, nations and nationalism, gender and everyday life. Her book, Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I (Cambridge University Press, 2004) was awarded the 2005 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association and the 2005 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Her current research project, entitled “At the Gates of Western Civilization: Islam and the Turks in Central European Historical Memory,” examines how the siege of Vienna in 1683 has been re-told and re-written in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Central European patriots and nationalists. Recently, references to the siege have surfaced in debates about the identity of Europe and Turkey’s desire to join the EU. The study sheds light on the geographical imaginations of historical actors, and shows how and to what ends they have used defeat of “the Turks” to delineate the boundaries of “Europe.” Professor Healy’s research has been supported by the National Humanities Center; the Fulbright Commission; a Maria Sibylla Merian Fellowship, University of Erfurt, Germany; the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.; and the Center for the Humanities of Oregon State University.
PhD 2000, M.A. 1994 University of Chicago, BA 1990 Tufts University