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About Dominique Kirchner Reill

Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BDR (West Germany). She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1997, during which time she also studied at the Università di Bologna. She also studied Croatian language and literature at the Filozofski fakultet in Zagreb and Serbian language and literature in Belgrade. She received her Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2007. Prior to coming to Miami, she taught at both Columbia and New York Universities.
Professor Reill’s first monograph, titled Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice, was published with Stanford University Press in 2012. The book examines a group of local activists living in mid-nineteenth-century Venice, Trieste, and Dalmatia (part of current-day Croatia) who pushed for the formation of a multi-national Adriatic commercial, cultural, and political space. These multi-national activists regarded their project as realist not utopian, arguing that in a trade-oriented maritime world where Italian, German, and Slavic dialects were used interchangeably and residents adhered to either Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Jewish, or Protestant faiths, no one language or national identity could be promoted without provoking intolerance and bloodshed. Research for this work was conducted in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia and was funded by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, German Marshall Research Fellowship, Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture, University of Miami’s Orovitz Research Fellowship, and the Whiting Foundation Fellowship among others.
Currently, Professor Reill is beginning research on her next book-length monograph project, which looks at the fascinating case of a centuries-old city-state’s efforts to fight President Woodrow Wilson’s plans for a Versailles-determined order of European nation-states. With the working title, Rebel City: Fiume’s Challenge to Wilson’s Europe, 1918-1922, Professor Reill is spending her time out of the classroom sifting through the archives of Croatia and Italy to resituate this history.
Professor Reill has also been an active member of Columbia University’s Institute for Social Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) and NYU’s Remarque Institute. At the University of Miami, Professor Reill teaches courses on Nineteenth-Century Europe, post-World War I, and post-World War II Europe, Italy, and the Balkans.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Present Modern European History, University of Miami

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Dominique Reill
University of Miami
Department of History
Box 248107
Coral Gables, FL 33124