David Good’s career is exemplary because of the Fulbright Program’s major contribution to the development of Austrian studies in the United States. Several Austrian Fulbrighters have played the same role in the development of American studies in Austria. He was the first successor of William E. “Bill” Wright, the founding director of the CAS in 1976, who was a generation older than David. Bill’s career as a specialist in Austrian history began, like David’s, with a Fulbright grant in Vienna in 1954–55. David was succeeded by Gary Cohen, another Fulbright-Hays grantee, who served as the CAS director from 2001 to 2010. In 1987–88 Howard Louthan, the current CAS director, was a participant in the US Teaching Assistantship program that Fulbright Austria has managed for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education since the early 1960s, and I was in the same program in 1977–78. Such is the “Fulbright ripple effect.”
It would be difficult to recapitulate briefly the many stations of David Good’s career, but I attempt to do so by limiting myself to a few examples. He published 25 articles in professional journals, edited books, and authored 35 book reviews. He served as the executive editor of the Austrian History Yearbook, 1989–1996 and 1999–2001, and he was responsible for the innovative topical programming of a number of international conferences under the auspices of the CAS that addressed a wide range of topics beyond the conventional realm of Austrian or Habsburg studies, including Kurt Waldheim, globalization, women in Austria, the economic transformations of East and Central Europe, and nationalism and empire. David also edited or co-edited the books that emanated from these events. He also served as the chair of the history department at the University of Minnesota for three years before becoming professor emeritus in 2007.
Since then—as a kind of homecoming—he has been involved in teaching, research, and publication focused on the history of the Midwest. David grew up in Kewanee, Illinois, and he has come a long way since then. This is his retrospect in his own words: “My Fulbright year was certainly a profound experience in its own right. For me, though, I believe the year served as the critical launching pad for my entire academic career and the various associated roles I have played over time.”
Fulbright Austria wishes to thank Rosemary and David Good for their exceptional support. We will dedicate their generous multi-year gift to enhancing Fulbright Austria’s collaboration with the MuseumsQuartier (MQ) in Vienna. Since 2008, Fulbright Austria has been fortunate to have its offices in the MQ and to be included in Q21, an umbrella organization for a network of 50 artistic and cultural initiatives. Since then, Fulbright Austria and Q21 have also cosponsored Fulbright-Q21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence awards, which provide artists with an apartment/studio on site as well as a travel grant and an award for a two-month stay. These awards have been enormously popular—garnering the most hits in the art awards category on the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which handles the front-end part of the process of applying for US scholar awards—and the support of the Rosemary and David Good Foundation will be used to increase the number of these awards to three per annum as of the 2020–21 program year (with applications due by September 16, 2019).