Günter Josef Bischof, Ph.D.

Günter Josef Bischof, Ph.D.

University Research & Marshall Plan Professor of History, Director, CenterAustria


Office: 196 & 101 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 504-280-6882 or 504-280-3223
E-mail: gjbischo@uno.edu

Center Austria Website


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Harvard University 1989

Research Interests:
American & European Diplomatic, 20th Century, Central Europe

Günter Bischof is a historian of international history, focusing on American and European diplomatic history of the 20th century, especially Cold War international relations. He also harbors interest in the history of 20th century wars, especially World War II and the Vietnam War. He has written on POW treatment and memory of World War II. Other interests are biography, historical memory and Austrian history, esp. Austrian foreign policy. He is also a historian — and a self-proclaimed admirer — of the Marshall Plan and its legacies. He is the author of Austria in the First Cold War: The Leverage of the Weak. He is co-editor of Contemporary Austrian Studies. He served as co-editor (with Stephen Ambrose) of the 10-volume Eisenhower Center Studies of War and Peace and also edited the series Studies in Austrian and Central European History and Culture. He also edits the series TRANSATLANTICA. Dr. Bischof has co-edited a dozen other books and some 100 scholarly articles. He is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Cold War Studies. He serves as a Presidential Counselor to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, is a member of its Educational Committee, and is a board member of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. At present he is researching the impact of Austrian immigrants to the United States and revising a book of essays on Austrian-American relations.

Dr. Bischof, who received his MA from the University of New Orleans, particularly enjoys teaching for UNO’s international summer schools in Innsbruck and Prague and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, WirtschaftsuniversitätVienna, the Economics University in Prague, and the State University for the Humanities in Moscow (RGGU). He also served as the Post-Katrina Visiting Professor in the LSU History Department.

A native of Austria who grew up in the picturesque Alpine village of Mellau on the Swiss border, from skiing and playing soccer as a youngster he has graduated to swimming and hiking in his beloved Alps. He enjoys gardening and gourmet cooking and has raised three children with his Cajun wife Melanie Boulet, who is an award-winning social studies high school teacher in New Orleans.

Courses Taught

  • The Cold War
  • Post-World War II Occupations: Comparative Perspective
  • The 1960s and the Crisis Year 1968: Transnational Perspectives
  • The End of the Cold War in Europe
  • The Origins of World War II
  • The Origins of World War I
  • Surveys in American History
  • Surveys of American Diplomatic History
  • World War II
  • The Cold War Era
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Cold War Presidency
  • History of the Habsburg Empire
  • Austria in the Twentieth Century