Sloane Nilsen

PhD Candidate

Late Modern Europe

Sloane Nilsen specializes in modern German and German-Jewish history. His dissertation will examine the ways in which the Nazi regime relied upon recurrent darkness—the nighttime—to consolidate power in Berlin between 1933 and 1939. It will simultaneously explore Jewish and queer nocturnal subcultures that were redeveloped in the city during the period. 

Research Interests

  • Late Modern Europe: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • German-Jewish History
  • Environmental History; Urban History
  • Aestheticism and Decadence
  • Queer Studies

Awards and Fellowships

Fellow, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (2022-2023)
John L. Simpson ABD Research Fellowship in International & Area Studies (2022-2023)
Helen Diller Fellowship; Center for Jewish Studies Berkeley (2021, 2022, 2023)
Fritz Thyssen Pre-Dissertation Fellowship; German Historical Institute (2020)
Grace Hill Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance; Columbia University (2019)


MA in History and Literature, Columbia University (2019)
MLitt in Transnational, Global, and Spatial History with Distinction, University of St Andrews (2018)
BA in History and European Studies with Highest Honors, College of William and Mary (2017)