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Elisabeth Roehrlich

Global Fellow


September 30, 2016 — September 30, 2018

Professional affiliation

Project Director and Senior Fellow, Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Austria

Full Biography

Elisabeth Roehrlich is the Director of the IAEA History Research Project and an Elise Richter Senior Fellow at the University of Vienna’s Department of Contemporary History. She is also a Global Fellow in the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. She received her PhD in history from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and held fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies in Oslo, and Monash University South Africa in Johannesburg. She is the author of a prize-winning book about the former Austrian chancellor Bruno Kreisky (Kreisky’s Außenpolitik, Vienna University Press, 2009), and her writings on the IAEA have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as the IAEA Bulletin, Cold War History, and the Journal of Cold War Studies. Since 2012, Roehrlich is a full partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) at the Wilson Center. Dr. Roehrlich is an Associate Editor of the International Security Studies Forum (ISSF) on H-Diplo, a member of the review committee of Austria’s leading contemporary history journal zeitgeschichte, and a member of the Board of Directors of Atomic Reporters. 

Major Publications

Elisabeth Roehrlich, Kreiskys Außenpolitik: Zwischen österreichischer Identität und internationalem Programm (Göttingen: Vienna University Press, 2009).

Elisabeth Roehrlich, “The Cold War, the developing world, and the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” Cold War History, vol. 2, no. 13 (2016), 195-212.

IAEA Oral History Series, Video Archive. Online accessible at:

Previous Terms

Fellow, September 8, 2015-May 26, 2016