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.
Between 2013 and 2015 he was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest and the Institute for East European History at the University of Vienna.
Starting in April 2015, he will be an APART Fellow at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His habilitation project deals with the idea and transfer of national-personal autonomy from the Habsburg Empire until the interwar period.