Dr William O'Reilly
I completed my MSt and DPhil in History at the University of Oxford after studying for my BA in History & German at University College Galway (NUI, Galway). I was Lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway until 2004 when I came to Cambridge as a Research Fellow at the Centre for History & Economics, joining the Faculty of History as Lecturer in Early Modern History in 2005. Since that time, I have been a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Budapest, Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Visiting Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna; a DAAD Fellow at the University of Hamburg and Erasmus lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria and the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. In 2017 I was appointed the first Full-time Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Budapest. In 2018, I was appointed Leibniz Professor of History at the German National Maritime Institute.
I have worked on a range of topics in early modern European and Atlantic history, and am particularly interested in the histories of migration, colonialism and imperialism. I am especially interested in the history of German-speaking Europe and of central and east-central Europe, of countries which were once part of the Habsburg monarchy and empire, including Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania and neighbouring countries and regions.
I welcome enquiries from prospective students wishing to work on any aspect of early modern European, Atlantic and comparative history, c.1450-c.1900, and especially in the history of Central and East-Central Europe; Habsburg history; history of the Holy Roman Empire.
European History, 1450-1760 (Paper 16)
European History, 1715-1890 (Paper 17)
Specified Paper 14: 'Material Culture in early modern Europe'
Specified Paper 21: 'Borderlands: Life on the Habsburg-Ottoman Frontier, 1521-1881'
Special Paper 'N': 'Central European Cities: Budapest, Prague, Vienna, 1450-1914'
Previous Teaching has included :
Lectures on 'The Atlantic World, 1400-1800'; 'Migration, 1400-1815'
Part I Themes & Sources: 'Migrants, 1000-2000'
MPhil course, The Atlantic World, 1400-1800
Leibniz Honorary Chair in German Maritime History
Fulltime Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest
AHRC Peer Review College Member
Fellow, Royal Historical Society
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Editor, Atlantic Studies (2004-2009)
Reviews editor, The Historical Journal (2006-2009)
International advisory board, Themes in Migration
Tags & Themes
Faculty of History,