Chad Bryant

Special guest

Chad Bryant is Associate Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill. He studies the social and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. His research focuses on the Bohemian Lands, most of which now constitute the Czech Republic. His first book, Prague in Black, examined the ways in which Nazi rule radically transformed nationality politics and national identities in the Bohemian Lands. Amongst other works, he has published, with Paul Readman and Cynthia Radding, a collection of essays entitled Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 that emerged from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s ongoing collaboration with King’s College London.


MA University of California, Berkeley, 1997
PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Research Interests

Chad Bryant’s interests include nationalism and the urban experience in modern Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on the lands of today’s Czech Republic. His current research project focuses on the capital city of Prague and questions of belonging in the modern era. He is also, with Kateřina Čapková and Diana Dumitru, embarking on a study of the Stalinist-era show trials in Czechoslovakia.

Some Notable Publications

Co-editor, with Arthur Burns and Paul Readman, Walking Histories, 1800-1914 (Palgrave, 2016)
Co-editor, with Paul Readman and Cynthia Radding, Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 (Palgrave, 2014)
Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism (Harvard University Press, 2007)
“Habsburg History, Eastern European History… Central European History?” Central European History 51:1 (2018): 1-15
“War as Revolution of the Self: The Diaries of Vojtěch Berger” Střed/Centre 8:2 (2016): 9-34
“Zap’s Prague: The City, the Nation, and Czech Elites before 1848,” Urban History 40, 2 (May 2013): 181-201

Chad Bryant has been a guest on 1 episode.