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Joseph F. Patrouch is professor of history and director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He received his BA from Boston University in 1982 and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, where he worked with the late William B. Slottman, Gene Brucker, Richard Herr, and Alan Dundes. His book A Negotiated Settlement: The Counter Reformation in the Habsburg Province of Upper Austria appeared as Volume 19 of the Brill Academic Press series "Studies in Central European Histories" in 2000. The work analyzed the local social and political contexts of the religious transformations which occurred in this area from around 1570-1640. In 2006 he published an English translation and edition of Heinz Fassmann and Gerhard Hatz, Understanding Vienna: Pathways to the City (LIT Verlag). He has been a guest researcher at institutes in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany and Guest Professor at the University of Vienna's Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung (2004). Professor Patrouch's current research centers on the roles of Habsburg archduchesses in the dynasty's Early Modern history as well as the experienced and imagined Holy Roman Empire in this period. During Academic Year 2008-2009 he is a Guest Researcher at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of the Freie Universitaet Berlin.