Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mueller

since 2017 Full Professor for Russian History at the Institute of East European History, University of Vienna







Previous professional positions:

  • 2013–2017: Dep. director, Institute of Modern and Contemporary History, Austrian Acad. of Sciences
  • 2009–2013: Research group leader, Contemporary History, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2009–current: Permanent lecturer, History of International Relations, University of Vienna
  • 2003–2008: Researcher, Historical Commission, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2002–2003: Researcher, Institute of East European History, University of Vienna
  • 2000–2002: Researcher, Commission for Mass Media History, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1998–1999: Project intern, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Montreal, Canada


Fellowships, visiting professorships:

  • 2017: Visiting professor, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • 2015, 2016: Visiting professor, Nikolaus Copernicus University of Torun, Poland
  • 2014: Visiting professor, University of Rostock, Germany
  • 2011­, 2013: Visiting lecturer (Gastdozent), History, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2008–09: Visiting fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • 2003, 2007: Guest researcher, Institute of Global History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow


Memberships, honorary functions:

  • 2017–current: Chairman, Historical Advisory Board, Austrian Ministry for National Defense
  • 2017–current: Board Member, International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents
  • 2017–current: Co-Chairman, Austrian-Ukrainian Historical Commission
  • 2016–current: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Außenpolitische Dokumente der Republik Österreich
  • 2016–current: Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2015–current: Advisory Board Member, Book Series New Perspectives on the Cold War, Brill
  • 2013–current: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Ministerratsprotokolle der Republik Österreich
  • 2008–current: Member, Austrian-Russian Historical Commission



  • 2007-03-09: Leopold Kunschak Prize
  • 2006-10-16: Richard G. Plaschka Prize


Fields of research:

  • Russian, Soviet, international history, 19-20 century
  • Cold War
  • Political thought


Selected Works:


  • Die sowjetische Besatzung in Österreich 1945-55 und ihre politische Mission. Vienna: Böhlau, 2005, 300 pp.
  • A Good Example of Peaceful Coexistence? The Soviet Union, Austria, and Neutrality, 1955-91. Vienna: ÖAW, 2011, 381 pp. peer-reviewed.
  • A Cold War over Austria: The Struggle for the State Treaty, Neutrality, and the End of East-West Occupation. With Gerald Stourzh. The Harvard Cold War Book Series. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018, 594 pp. peer-rev.
  • Der Kampf um den Staatsvertrag 1945-1955: Ost-West-Besetzung, Staatsvertrag und Neutralität Österreichs. Mit Gerald Stourzh. Wien: Böhlau, 2020.

Selected edited volumes, themed issues:

  • The Revolutions of 1989: A Handbook. Ed. with A. Suppan; M. Gehler. Vienna: ÖAW, 2015, 705 pp. peer-rev.
  • Kommunismus und Europa: Europavorstellungen und -politik europäischer kommunistischer Parteien im Kalten Krieg. Ed. with Francesco Di Palma. Paderborn: Schöningh, 2016, 276 pp.
  • International History in Theory and Practice. Ed. with B. Haider-Wilson, W. D. Godsey. Vienna: ÖAW, 2017, 798 pp. peer-reviewed.
  • 1989: Die Samtenen Revolutionen, Österreich und die Transformation Europas. Vienna: New Academic Press, 2017, 233 pp. 



  • Russian and Soviet history 9-21 c.
  • International relations 18-21 c.
  • Political thought