Nils Roemer

Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
Interim Dean of the School of the Arts and Humanities
Interim Dean School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Stan and Barbara Rabin Distinguished Professor in Holocaust Studies
Personal website

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History
Center for Israel & Jewish Studies,Columbia University - 2000
M.S. - History: Modern German History
University of Hamburg - 1993


Jewish Traveling Cultures and the Competing Visions of Modernity, Central European History 42: 2 (2009). 2009 - Publication
London and the East End as Spectacles of Urban Tourism, JQR 99. 3 (2009): 416-434. 2009 - Publication
Outside and Inside the Nations: Changing Borders in the Study of the Jewish Past during the Nineteenth Century, Andreas Gotzmann and Christian Wiese, eds., Modern Judaism and Historical Consciousness: Identities ¨C Encounters ¨C Perspectives. Leiden/Boston: Brill Publishers, 2007. with Neil Gregor and Mark Roseman, eds., Introduction, German History from the Margins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006, 1-26. 2007 - Publication
The Making of a New Discipline: The London LBI and the Writing of the German-Jewish Past, Christhard Hoffmann, ed., Preserving the Legacy of German Jewry: A History of the Leo Baeck Institute, 1955-2005. T-bingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 2005, 175-199. 2006 - Publication
Neil Gregor, Nils Roemer, Mark Roseman, eds., German History from the Margins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. 2006 - Publication
Between the Provinces and the City: Mapping German Jewish Memories, Yearbook of the Leo Baeck Institute (2006): 61-77. 2006 - Publication
Colliding Visions: Jewish Messianism and German Scholarship in the Eighteenth Century, Allison Coudert and Jeffrey Shoulson, eds., Hebraica Veritas? Christian Hebraists and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe. Philadelphia: UPP, 2004, 266-285. 2005 - Publication
Paradoxes of Historical Consciousness -C German-Jewish Transformation from Wissenschaft into Faith, Simon-Dubnow Institute Yearbook 3 (2005): 31-47. 2005 - Publication
The City of Worms in Modern Jewish Traveling Cultures of Remembrance, Jewish Social Studies 12 (2005): 67-91. 2005 - Publication
Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith. Madison: Wisconsin University Press, 2005 (=Studies in German Jewish Cultural History and Literature). 2005 - Publication


Senior Lecturer
University of Southampton, Southampton, England [2006–2006]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Adjunct Professor
Ludwig-Maximillians University, Munich, Germany [2000–2000]
University of Southampton, Southampton, England [2000–2006]


Moritz Steinschneider and the Noble Dream of Objectivity
2007–2007 Paper presented at the Centennial Conference Moritz Steinschneider: Bibliography and the Study of Cultural Transfer Staatsbibliiothek zu Berlin, November 2007.
Paradoxes of Historical Consciousness C German-Jewish Transformation from Wissenschaft into Faith
2003–2003 Paper presented at the conference Secondary Conversion C Transforming Religious and Ethnic Emblematics of Judaism and Jewishness, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany, February 2003.
Back to the Future: History as Memory in Hermann Levin Goldschmidt's Work
2001–2001 Paper presented as the Herman Levin Goldschmidt Memorial Lecture, Toronto, Canada, April 2001.
Jewish Provinciality and Cultural Heritage: The Production of Worms as a Destination in Modern Jewish History
2002–2002 Paper presented at the conference Urban Diaspora: The City in Jewish History, Princeton University, April 2002.
The London Branch
2004–2004 Paper presented at the conference The Leo Baeck Institute Project, Tutzing, Germany, February 2004.

Additional Information

Professional recognitions and honors (study, teaching, research, service)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board, Research Grant, England, 2006
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board Matching Leave, England, 2003-2004
  • Research Grants, University of Southampton, England, 2000-2003
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Deutsche-Forschungs-Gesellschaft, Ludwig-Maximillians University, Munich, Germany, May-Sept. 2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2000
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York, NY, 1999-2000
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Jewish Memorial Foundation, New York, NY, 1998-2000
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Stiftung Dialogik – Mary and Hermann Levin Goldschmidt-Bollag Fellowship, Zurich, Switzerland, 1998-1999
  • David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship, Leo Baeck Institute, New York, NY, 1998
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1995-1998
  • Stipend for Yiddish course, YIVO, New York, NY, 1995
  • Publishing Grant, Springer Foundation, Berlin, Germany, 1994
  • Stipend for intensive Hebrew course in Israel, Hansische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung, Hamburg, Germany, 1991
Professional memberships
  • Board Member of the Leo Baeck Institute (London, England), 2003-Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 2004-Present
  • American Association for Jewish Studies, 1996-Present
  • Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden , 2002-Present
  • European Association for Jewish Studies, 1995-2006
  • British Association of Jewish Studies, 2000-2006
Service - reviewing, refereeing and administrative work with professional societies and organizations (e.g. editorship, associate editorship, officer, etc.); departmental, college, university committees; community service, etc.

AT UT Dallas

  • Member of Graduate Studies Task Force (2006-2007)
  • Member of Faculty Personnel Review Committee (Fall 2006)
  • Member of Senate (2007-2008)
  • Member of search committee for an Assistant Professor of Art History (Spring 2008)
  • Member of search committee for an Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History (Spring 2008)
  • Member of Promotion Review Committee (2008)
  • Member of Effective Teaching Committee (2007-)
  • Member of Effective Teaching Committee (2007-)
  • Member of Personal Review Committee (2008-2009)
  • Member of Executive Committee (2008-present)
  • Member of mid-Probationary Review Committees (2009-2010)
  • Chair of mid-Probationary Review Committees (2009-2010)

External Reviewer of Publications, 2000-

  • History, Jewish History and Culture, Modern Jewish Studies, Jewish Quarterly Review, Shofar, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press, Michigan University Press, Harvard University Press, and the publications of the Leo Baeck Institute

At University of Southampton

  • External examiner of Critical Religious Studies, at Sussex University (2004-2006)
  • Modern European Jewish History, Culture and Thought at Sussex University (2004-2006)
  • External examiner of Modern Jewish Studies at Oxford University

News Articles

New Director Named for Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
Dr. Nils Roemer has been appointed as director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Roemer, the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies, succeeds Dr. Abby Kratz, who recently was appointed to lead the University’s new Office of Institutional Scholarship Administration.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of the center since arriving at UT Dallas almost 10 years ago,” Roemer said. “I am thrilled to assume the role as director and help maintain its zenith trajectory as a nationally and internationally recognized Center of Holocaust Studies.
Holocaust Experts to Share Their Findings at Scholars' Conference
The UT Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will welcome some of the world’s foremost Holocaust scholars, theologians and survivors for the 48th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches on March 3-5.
The collection of experts will share their findings in hopes that the lessons of the Holocaust will remain relevant. Dr. Nils Roemer, director of the Ackerman Center, said the conference focuses on being interfaith, interdisciplinary and international.
Arts and Humanities Adds Interim Dean, New Experts in History, Writing
The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas has three new tenure-track faculty members who bring a wide range of expertise — in gender, race and law enforcement studies, poetry and creative writing, and art history.

“I am excited about our new hires, who already are very accomplished. They bring fresh perspectives in their respective fields and already have expressed an interest in collaborating across disciplines,” said Dr. Nils Roemer, interim dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies.

New Hires Help Arts and Humanities Sharpen, Showcase Students’ Talents
Teaching visual and performing arts in a virtual way is challenging at best, but despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Arts and Humanities (A&H) at The University of Texas at Dallas is offering a full range of classes, including music, art, drama and dance courses.

“I have more than 30 faculty members who are delivering courses with a face-to-face component,” said Dr. Nils Roemer, interim dean of A&H and director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. “We are doing that because it’s the most effective way to teach drawing, theater, dance and many of the activities involved with the visual and performing arts. You have to appreciate the huge effort our faculty are putting forth this semester.”

While in-person concerts and events will not be held this semester, Roemer pointed to creative ways that professors are sharing their students’ talents. For example, Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be recorded at various campus locations — with appropriate social distancing and safety precautions — and will be shown as a movie online beginning in November.