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Alison Orton

Graduate Student

History

Selected Publications

“Czech Beer in the United States: A ‘Perfect Brew,’” Slovo: A Publication of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Vol. 15, No.1 (Summer 2015): 14-16.
Review of Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria, by Mary C. Neuburger, Ab Imperio, No. 1 (2014): 455-459.
“The Jungle in Pilsen,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Austro-Americana Blog; https://botstiberbiaas.org/the-jungle-in-pilsen/
“The Separatist Evil,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Austro-Americana Blog; https://botstiberbiaas.org/the-separatist-evil/
“The National Dispute,” Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Austro-Americana Blog; https://botstiberbiaas.org/the-national-dispute/

Notable Honors

2017-2018, Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2015-2016, Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Grant, The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation

2015, Bentley B. Gilbert Fellowship, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014, Transatlantic Summer Institute Fellowship, Center for German and European Studies

2014, Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013, Robert V. Remini Scholarship, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2012, East European Language Training Grant, American Council of Learned Societies

2009-2013, History Doctoral Award, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Education

B.A. Mount Holyoke College 1994
M.S. Bank Street College of Education, 1998
M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago 2011

Courses Taught:

The World Since 1400
Western Civilization Since 1648
History of East-Central Europe and the Balkans
Russian History through Film, 20th Century
History of Modern Germany, 1848 - Present
History of Poland
Africa in the World to 1850
History of China from 1911
Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction
Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization
Business, Technology, and the State

Selected Presentations

“Citizen Pilsner:  Beer as a Marker of Imperial Tensions and Class Identity in Satirical Publications, 1880-1914,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, San Francisco, 2019

“Immigrants and the American Mash Tun” panelist, Chicago Brewseum Beer Culture Summit, Chicago 2019

“The World Will Renounce Pilsner Beer: ‘Czech’ Beer as a Divisive and Cohesive Commodity, 1895-1914,” Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop, Austin, 2019

“Speaking to the Soul of the Worker: Migration and Labor Activism among Brewery Workers in the Czech Lands and the United States, 1880-1914,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Boston, 2018

“Returning to Pilsen: The Flow of Brewery Workers and Pro-Labor Discourse from the United States to Austria-Hungary, 1890-1914,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh 2018

“Brewing Ethnicity: Revisiting the 1897 Riots and Beer Boycotts in Pilsen,” Výzkumné Semináře Institutu  Mezinárodních Studii & Masarykova Ústavu a Archivu, Prague, 2016

“German Anarchists and Bohemian Savages: Chicago’s Ethnic Militias and 1848 Ideologies,” Legacy of 1848 Conference, Wartburg College, 2013

Research Currently in Progress

Working title of dissertation: "Brewing Ethnicity:  Beer Battles and Ethnic Fluidity in the Czech Lands and the United States, 1880-1918."