Field of Study: Modern German History / European History
Research Interests: The Third Reich, World War II, Genocide and Mass Violence, Modern German-Slavic Relations, Nationalism in East-Central Europe, Racism, Biopolitics, European Colonialism
Dissertation Title (Working): The Hunt for Lost Blood: Nazi Racial Selection and Re-Germanization Policy, 1939-1945
Biography: Bradley J. Nichols earned his BA in History from Ohio University in 2007 and his MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2008. As a graduate instructor, he has taught World Civ and Western Civ courses at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His research focuses on Nazi population policy during the Second World War. His dissertation examines the Re-Germanization Procedure – a special Nazi resettlement program designed to identify and “reclaim” people of “German blood” from across occupied Europe – and applies the tools of cultural analysis and Alltageschichte (the history of everyday life) to investigate the role ordinary civilians played in the implementation of the Nazis’ racial engineering schemes.
Bradley is the recipient of several prestigious grants, including a Cummings Foundation Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and a Dissertation Writing Fellowship from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Humanities Center. Bradley has also won the award for Outstanding Student in European History, the William Anderson Award for Military History, each from the Department of History, as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise. As a graduate student, he has organized panels and presented original research at a number of conferences, seminars, and workshops, including those of the German Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the German Historical Institute, the German History Society (UK), and the Association for the Study of Nationalities. He is also the author of numerous book and film reviews and his article “Forging the Aryan Utopia: Nazi Racial Policy in Occupied Poland, 1939-1945” appeared in Routledge’s History of the Holocaust (2011).