Ivana Horbec was born in 1977 in Zagreb where she attended primary school and grammar school for foreign-languages. In 2000, she graduated History from the University of Zagreb Centre for Croatian Studies. She attended a post-graduate course of studies in Early Modern History of Croatia at the History Department, Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. At the same Faculty, she defended her master’s thesis The Establishment of the Royal Council for the Kingdoms of Dalmatia, Croatia and Slavonia in 2004 and her Ph.D. thesis The Public Administration and Public Services in Civil Croatia under Maria Theresa’s Rule on 25 July 2009. She has active command of English, German and Hungarian and passive command of Russian, French and Latin. Since 20 December 1999, she has been employed at the Croatian Institute of History. In December 2016, she was elected to the rank of a senior research fellow.
During her work at the Institute from 1999 to 2009, she participated in publication of twelve books of material pertaining to the First Topographic Land Survey in Croatian Lands (Croatia on Secret Military Maps from the 18th and 19th Century, vol. 1-12). She edited or co-edited nine out of the twelve volumes. She conducted research and wrote several research papers dealing with social and legal history of Croatian Lands in the 18th century as part of the projects run by the Croatian Institute of History “Civil Croatia in the Early Modern Period: Social-Cultural-Political Relations” and “The Military Frontier: Socio-Cultural Processes of Integration and National Identities” (2007-2013). In 2007 and 2008, she has been participating in the Croatian State Archives project “Croatian History Sources”. Since 2009, she has been a contributor to the edition The Croatian Bibliographical Lexicon by The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography in Zagreb. Likewise, she was contributing to the edition entitled Verwaltungsgeschichte der Habsburgermonarchie in der Frühen Neuzeit [The History of Public Administration in the Habsburg Monarchy in the Early Modern Period] by the Institute of Austrian History Research at the University of Vienna. Since 2009 (up to 2014), she has been a regional manager of two mutually connected international projects centrally run by the Institute of Church History at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna: Kirchliche Elite-Bildung für Zentraleuropa: Das Priesterkolleg St. Augustin (“Frintaneum”) in Wien als Post-Graduate-Einrichtung und Netzwerkstatt der Donaumonarchie 1816-1918 [Education of Church Elite in Central Europe. St. Augustine College for Diocesan Priests (“Frintaneum”) in Vienna as a Post-Graduate and Networking Institution of the Monarchy 1816-1918] and Bischofslexikon der Habsburgermonarchie 1806-1918 [The Lexicon of Bishops from the Habsburg Monarchy 1806-1918]. The projects assemble research teams from renowned research institutions in Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Ukraine and Croatia.
In August and September 1999, Horbec was a DAAD scholar at the Georg August University of Göttingen. From September to December 2001, she was an ÖAD scholar (Ernst Mach Stipendium) at the Institute for East European History at the University of Vienna. As part of her experience abroad, in the period between 2001 and 2011, she carried out continuing researches in Austrian archives and libraries (Austrian State Archives, Archives of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Archives of the Province of Upper Austria in Linz, Austrian National Library) and in Hungary (National Archives of Hungary, National Széchényi Library) that lasted 20 months in total. In 2004, together with Ivan Filipović, MA, she staged the exhibition “Historical Borders of the Kingdom of Croatia in International State Treaties” (opened from 23 September to 21 November 2004) in the premises of the Austrian State Archives in Vienna.
Her research interest is focused on social, legal and institutional history of the Early Modern Period with the emphasis on the area of the Kingdoms of Croatia and Slavonia in the context of development in Central Europe. Her focus is, in particular, on the issue of formation of proto-modern public administration in Croatian Lands and extension of the role of public administration so as to include the issues from economic, social and cultural spheres. Within the scope of this research, history of school system plays a major role since this proto-modern public administration is largely reflected in the establishment of a state school system. From this aspect, she is especially devoted to the research of networking of elite higher education institutions in the Habsburg Monarchy, the impact of education on individual careers as well as intellectual transfers within the borders of the Monarchy.
- Zdravlje naroda – bogatstvo države. Prosvijećeni apsolutizam i počeci sustava javnoga zdravstva u Hrvatskoj (Zagreb: Hrvatski institut za povijest, 2015.)
- “Učiti administraciju: školovanje javnih službenika u 18. stoljeću”, Hrvatska javna uprava – časopis za teoriju i praksu javne uprave 4 (2009), p. 1011-1055.
- “Homo principis et homo statuum: banska služba za vladavine Marije Terezije”; Povijesni prilozi 37 (2009), p. 283.-316.
- “Slavonske županije između Banske Hrvatske i Mađarske: uspostava civilne uprave i pitanje poreznog sustava u 18. stoljeću”, Arhivski vjesnik 53 (2010), p. 177-196.
- “U pozadini seljačke bune 1755. godine: prijedlozi za bolju hrvatsku javnu upravu”, Povijesni prilozi 44 (2013), p. 203-233.
- “Habsburška Monarhija” in: U potrazi za mirom i blagostanjem. Hrvatske zemlje u 18. stoljeću. Ur. L. Čoralić (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 2013.), p. 404.-438.
- “Političke institucije” in: U potrazi za mirom i blagostanjem. Hrvatske zemlje u 18. stoljeću. Ur. L. Čoralić (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 2013.), p. 27.-52.
- (Coauthor V. Švoger) “Školstvo kao politicum: opći školski red iz 1774″, Anali za povijest odgoja 9 (2010), p. 5-47.
- (Coauthor V. Švoger) “Početak modernoga srednjeg školstva u Habsburškoj Monarhiji: nastavni plan za gimnazije (1849.)”, Anali za povijest odgoja 10 (2011), p. 7-17
Selected lectures at international conferences:
- “Kroatischer königlicher Rat (1767–1779). Eine Wende in der Entwicklung des öffentlichen Dienstes in Kroatien”, Die habsburgische Variante des aufgeklärten Absolutismus (Budapest, Hungary, October 08-09 2015.
- “Das Kolleg St. Augustin (Frintaneum) und seine Bedeutung für die kroatischen Länder”, Der “geistliche Nationsbildner” Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Wien / Wien und die Kroaten im 19. Jahrhundert; Vienna, Austria, 21.05.2015
- “At the Gates of Christian Europe: The Quarantines on the Habsburg-Ottoman Border (18th-19th Century)”, Segregation and Integration in the History of the Hospital; Dubrovnik, Croatia, 10.-11.04.2015. (coauthor Robert Skenderović)
- “Arme Diener des Königs und ihre (verpassten) Chancen. Existentielle Herausforderungen des kroatischen Kleinadels im 18. Jahrhundert”, Soziale Abstiegsprozesse im europäischen Adel – Processes of Social Decline among the European Nobility – Processus de déclin social de la noblesse européenne, Tübingen, Germany, 17-19.09.2014.
- “Prosvjetiteljstvo i rad za opće dobro: promjene u koncepciji javne službe u Banskoj Hrvatskoj XVIII. stoljeća”, conference Hrvati i Srbi u Habsburškoj Monarhiji u 18. stoljeću: interkulturni aspekti ’prosvijećene’ modernizacije. Zagreb, November 11th-12th 2011.