Dr. Reinhold Wagnleitner is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Salzburg, Austria. For many years he also played bass and sang in Austrian pop, rock and jazz bands. During the 1970s he volunteered to manage the rock- and jazz program of the Salzburger Scene of the Youth and also edited the program brochures of these first annual alternative cultural festivals in Salzburg. In 1979-80 he served for eight months in the Salzburg mental hospital as conscientious objector.
Since 1975 he also has been History Lecturer at Salzburg College. In 1991/92 he was the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor of American History at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the spring term of 1998 he was Visiting Professor for American Diplomatic History at the Department of History of the University of New Orleans.
He was a Fulbright Scholar twice, teaching American foreign relations at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1987, as well as conducting research as a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies affiliated to the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. in 1983. In 1988 he was awarded the Fulbright Certificate "for increasing mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States of America through academic achievement as a Fulbright Scholar".
From 1995-96 Reinhold Wagnleitner served as President of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS, Vice-President 1996-1998) and was elected as AAAS-delegate and board member of the European Association for American Studies in 2001.
In May 1995 he was a member of the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar , Schloss Leopoldskron, Session 325 "The Globalization of American Popular Culture". In November-December 1997, he returned as faculty member of the American Studies Center of the Salzburg Seminar for the session "The Internet: Networking, Research and Popular American Culture". In February 2002 he was a Fellow of the Universities Project 20th Symposion at Salzburg Seminar on "The Meanings of Autonomy: University Governance Reconsidered" and in October 2002 he co-chaired the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Center Session 30 "The Politics of American Popular Culture: Here, There and Everywhere". In January, March and July 2004 he served as faculty member in the new Salzburg Seminar International Study Program „Global Citizenship: America and the World“.
In 1997 he was invited as Visiting Fellow in residence to the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. In 1998 he founded the research group "History @ Internet". In 1999 he was selected as chair of the scientific board of the Leopold-Kohr-Academy as well as director of the project "History @ Internet of the Leopold-Kohr-Academy" in Neukirchen am Grossvenediger and Salzburg. In the same year he also was elected chair of the Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Neuzeit (Society for Modern History).
In 2000 he was selected as a member of the International Advisory Council for the Louis Armstrong Centennial Conference "A Celebration of the Artistry and Legacy of Louis Armstrong" in New Orleans, 2 - 4 August 2001. In 2001 he was invited to become science host for the Science Website of the Austrian National Radio and Broadcasting Corporation ORF. In the same year his project "Satchmo Meets Amadeus" - with symposia in New Orleans and Salzburg - was awarded the "Tolerance and Diversity Prize" of the Embassy of the United States in Vienna.
In 2001 he was nominated for the Austrian National Committee of the program "Memory of the World". Since 2002 he is chairing the project "United States Culture and Communications Policy and the Internet at the End/the Beginning of the American Century", which is financed by the Jubilee Funds of the Austrian National Bank (researchers: Michael Wala and Erwin Giedenbacher). Since 2002 R. Wagnleitner also is Co-Organizer of the Ostersymposion Salzburg: Musik-Theater: Kunst und Wissenschaft, a series of symposia of the Leopold Kohr Academy, the University of Salzburg, the University Mozarteum, the Easter Festival Salzburg and the International Salzburg Association.
For his book Coca-Colonisation und Kalter Krieg: Die Kulturmission der USA in Österreich nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg (Vienna: Verlag für Gesellschaftskritik, 1991), which analyzes the cultural, political, social, and economic implications of the massive influx of American culture in Austria and other European countries in the period of the Cold War, he received the Ludwig-Jedlicka-Gedächtnispreis 1992 "for outstanding scientific work in Austrian history of the 19th and 20th century". The English translation Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria after the Second World War (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1994) was awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Prize as "a landmark in the emerging field of international cultural relations" by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Washington, D.C. in April 1995. The second edition of Coca-Colonization appeared in July 2001.
Together with Elaine Tyler May he edited “Here, There and Everywhere":The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2000), which was selected as "Breakthrough Book" by Lingua Franca. With John G. Blair he co-edited Empire: American Studies (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1997) and together with Walter Hölbling The European Emigrant Experience in theU.S.A. (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1992). In cooperation with Solomon Wank, Heidrun Maschl and Brigitte Mazohl-Wallnig he edited The Mirror of History: Essays in Honor of Fritz Fellner (Santa Barbara, Oxford: ABC-Clio, Inc., 1988).
He also edited Diplomatie zwischen Parteiproporz und Weltkonflikt: Briefe, Dokumente und Memoranden aus dem Nachlass Walter Wodaks 1945-1950 (Salzburg: Verlag Wolfgang Neugebauer, 1980) and Understanding Austria: The Political Reports and Analyses of Martin F. Herz, Political Officer of the US-Legation in Vienna, 1945-1948 (Salzburg: Verlag Wolfgang Neugebauer, 1984).
In numerous articles he analyzed the American cultural influence in Europe, the political, economic, and cultural role of the culture industries in the Cold War, British and Austrian foreign relations, the influence of the Internet on the study and understanding of history, as well as other contemporary problems.
He is married to Elisabeth Wagnleitner-Suppin and has two daughters - Anna Mary Paula (born 4 May 1993) and Ella (born 4 October 2000).
Since January 2003 has served two dozen times as a Core Faculty Member, Salzburg Global Seminar, International Study Program.
In 2004 he was nominated into the jury of the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize Committee of the American Studies Association (for the best book published in American Studies)
In 2007, he was invited by Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, to serve as Special Editor of the Music and Society Series.
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