Associate Professor
468 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Interests

Chad Bryant 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 examined the ways in which Nazi rule radically transformed nationality politics and national identities in the Bohemian Lands. He has recently published two edited volumes that have emerged thanks to UNC’s ongoing collaboration with King’s College London: Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 with Paul Readman and Cynthia Radding and Walking Histories, 1800-1914 with Arthur Burns and Paul Readman. Bryant’s current book project, Imagination City, explores nationalism and the urban experience in modern Prague.

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)
  • Czech translation: Praha v černém: Nacistická vláda a český nacionalismus (Prague: Argo, 2013)
  • “Zap’s Prague: The City, the Nation, and Czech Elites before 1848,” Urban History 40, 2 (May 2013): 181-201
  • “A Tale of One City: Topographies of Prague before 1848,” Bohemia 52, 1 (2012): 5-21
  • “Into an Uncertain Future: Railroads and Vormärz Liberalism in Brno, Vienna, and Prague,” Austrian History Yearbook 40 (2009): 183-201

Graduate Students

Courses Offered

  • HIST 073—On the Train: Time, Space, and the Modern World (Bryant)
  • HIST 140—The World Since 1945
  • HIST 260—Eastern Europe from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
  • HIST 292H – Magic Prague? Biographies of a Central European City
  • HIST 391—Travel & Politics in Eastern Europe
  • HIST 398 – Boom Cities: Urban Histories of a Modernizing Age, 1870-1914
  • HIST 481—Eastern Europe from 1939 to the Present
  • HIST 783—An Introduction to Russian and East European History
  • HIST 784—HIST Reading in East European History
  • HIST 784—Readings in East European History
  • HIST 890—States and Societies in Modern Eastern Europe