Sloane Nilsen

Graduate Student

Late Modern Europe

Sloane Nilsen is a PhD student pursuing a specialization in modern German and German-Jewish history. His dissertation will examine the ways in which the Nazi regime relied upon natural darkness—the nighttime—to consolidate power in Berlin between 1933 and 1939. It will simultaneously explore Jewish and queer nocturnal subcultures that were maintained or developed in the city during the period. 

Research Interests

  • Late Modern Europe: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • German-Jewish History
  • Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Studies
  • Cultural and Intellectual History; Environmental and Spatial History; Queer History
  • Aestheticism and the Decadent Movement in European Literature

Awards and Fellowships

Helen Diller Fellowship; Center for Jewish Studies Berkeley (2021)
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, University of St Andrews (2018)
BA in History and European Studies, College of William and Mary (2017)