Doc. Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.

Doc. Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor

Research Interests: Empire, European Identity, Reform, Political Economy, Comparative History, National Economy; Modern Histories of Albania, Georgia and the Caucasus


Office: no. 226, Pekařská 10


Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM by email appointment only

Professional responsibilities

2020 - 2022: Institute of East European History, University of Vienna, Senior Post-Doctoral fellow

2017 - : Charles University, Department of Russian and East European Studies, Assistant professor

2015 - : Ilia State University, Tbilisi, School of Arts and Science, Associated Professor in Comparative History

2014 - : Charles University, Department of Russian and East European Studies, Post-doctoral fellow and lecturer

2009 - 2013: University of New York in Prague/Empire State College, International Economic Relations, Prague, lecturer on modern Europe and EU’s External Relations  

2009 - 2012: University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures, Post-doctoral fellow at the ERC-funded ‘The Research Project Europe 1815-1914’ (EReRe)


Alexander Xhuvani University, Elbasan, Albania, Linguistics and English Language

Third year of undergraduate, University of Arkansas, Arkansas, the USA: American Literature, History, Government

Undergraduate Studies (1995-1999)

University of Sussex, UK, Sussex European Institute, Contemporary European Studies,

Central European University, Budapest, Political Science

Graduate studies (Master Degree(s))(1999-2001)

European University Institute, Florence, Italy, History and Civilization,

Doctoral Studies (2005-2009)

Research fellowships

Lise Meitner Grant, Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (October 2020-September 2022) 

Post-doctoral fellow at the P-17, Sciences of Society, Politics and Media under Challenges of Times

Department of Russian & East European Studies, Charles University (2014-2015)

Post-doctoral fellow at the European Research Council-funded, ‘The Research Project Europe 1815-1914’ (EReRe)

University of Helsinki, Department of World Cultures (2009-2012)

Doctoral Research Scholarship, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute,Florence, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EUI, 2005-2008

Fourth-Year Grant for Doctoral Studies, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence, (EUI), 2008-2009  

Recent conferences


2020       Organizer of the International Academic Conference, Czech-(Slovak) – Albanian Relations: One Hundred Years in the Making, Online Event, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 26 November 2020; Participant at the  Workshop: Handbook on the History and Culture of the Black Sea Region, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 27-29 February 2020.

2019     Co-Chair and Discussant of Panel “Identity Change in the European Periphery: Legacies of the Past “, European Consortium for Political Research, Wroclaw, Poland, 4-7 September.

2019     “The System Strikes Back: Post-Revolutionary Reforms in Former Soviet Union (FSU)”, Roundtable, Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies, Prague Civil Society Centre, CEELI Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, 27 March.

2018   The Organizer of the International Conference, Critical Historical Perspectives on the Centenary of the Short-Lived Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic, 22 April-26 May 1918, Charles University, Prague, 24 May.

2018     “Confident Small Nations/Insecure Small States” in Size Matters! Images of Small States in the International System 1815-Present Day, International Workshop, University of Arhus, Denmark, 28-29 November.


Member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Selected publications

  1. 2021 Brisku, Adrian & Blauvelt, Timothy K. (eds), The Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic of 1918: Federal Aspirations, Geopolitics and National Projects, London: Routledge (2021), ISBN: 978-0367742249 
  2. 2020 "Modern Georgia"in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, New York: Oxford University Press (2020), pp. 1-22
  3. 2019 “Ottoman-Russian Relations,” In Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Asian History. New York: Oxford University Press, DOI:
  4. 2019 “Renegotiating the Empire, Forging the Nation-State: The Albanian Case through the Political-economic Thought of Ismail Qemali, Fan Noli and Luigj Gurakuqi”, Nationalities Papers, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/nps.2018.52
  5. 2018 “Georgiens langer und schwieringer weg ‘nach Europe’” in Luka Nakhutsrishvili, Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Hg.), Georgian, Neu Buchstabiert: Politik und Kultur eines Landes auf dem Weg nach Europa (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag), pp. 23-30, ISBN 978-3-8394-4533-4
  6. 2018 “The ‘Place’ of Europe in Post-soviet Georgian Modernisation Discourse”, in Giga Zedania (ed.), Modernisation in Georgia: Theories, Discourses, Realities (Bern: Peter Lang), pp. 107-138; ISBN 973-3-0343-3214-9
  7. 2017 Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach (London: Bloomsbury), ISBN: 9781474238533.
  8. 2017 “Renegotiating the Empire, Forging the Nation-State: The Bohemian/Czechoslovakian Case through the Political-economic Thought of Thomas G. Masaryk and Karel Kramář”, Nationalities Papers, 45(4), 632-650, DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2016.1268585
  9. 2016 “Renegotiating the Empire, Forging the Nation-State: The Case of Georgia through the Political Economic Thought of Niko Nikoladze and Noe Zhordania, c. 1870-1920s”, Nationalities Papers, 44(2), 299-318, DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2015.1102214
  10. 2013 Bittersweet Europe: Albanian and Georgian Discourses on Europe, 1878-2008 (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books), ISBN 978-0-85745-984-8.