Börries Kuzmany studied history and Russian in Vienna, Paris and Moscow. His MA thesis dealt with Soviet strategies to transform Russian Jewry into a national group fitting into the Bolshevist national pattern of the 1920s.
He received his PhD in a joint PhD programme between the University of Vienna (Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte) and the University of Paris Sorbonne (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Centre-Européennes). His thesis, published in 2011, on the history of the city of Brody, today in Western Ukraine, was awarded several prizes.
Between 2010 and 2013 he was employed as a postdoc researcher in the interdisciplinary PhD-programme "Galicia and its multicultural heritage" at the University of Vienna.
His new research project analyses national compromises in several Habsburg regions (Galicia, Bukovina, Moravia) as a laboratorium of Austrian and European nationality politics.
Since October 2013 he is an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest.