Roemer, NilsDirector of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
Office: JO 4.800
Areas of Specialization: German, European, Jewish history, culture and thought and the Holocaust
Education: PhD, History, Columbia University, New York, 2000
MA, History, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1993
Dr. Roemer is the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor at University of Texas at Dallas. He received in 1993 his MA from the University of Hamburg and in 2000 his PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Roemer joined UT Dallas in 2006 as an associate professor, was promoted to full professor in 2011 and became the Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies in 2015.
He has presented papers at various international conferences in America, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, and Canada, organized several conferences, and published numerous articles. In 2005, he published Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith. His most recent book-length study, The Story of Worms: German Cities – Jewish Memories, appeared in 2010. He has also co-edited a source reader on Jewish historiography titled Jüdische Geschichte lesen: Texte der jüdischen Geschichtsschreibung im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (2003) and German History from the Margins (2006). He co-edited Jewish Longings and Belongings in Modern European Consumer Culture (2010), Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times (2011) and German Jewry Between Hope and Despair, 1871-1933 (2013). He is currently finishing a book-length study on Central European Jewish traveling writing in the twentieth century.
The Leo Baeck Institute in London made him a member of its board (2005-present) and he serves as an external reviewer for journals such as History, Jewish History and Culture, Modern Jewish Studies, Jewish Quarterly Review, Shofar, and Journal of Jewish Identities, as well as for monographs of Ashgate, Cambridge University Press, Michigan University Press, Harvard University Press and the publications of the Leo Baeck Institute. He has received numerous fellowships and was in 2012 for the second time in his career a fellow at the Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an editor of the prestigious and oldest American scholarly journal devoted to the study of German literature and culture, the German Review.
My teaching forms an integral part of and a significant contribution to the innovative and internationally recognized work of the Ackerman Center and the programs of the School of the Arts and Humanities. Students learn not only about Jewish history, but they also learn to approach the modern Jewish experience and the Holocaust from the perspective of the arts and humanities program at UT Dallas. My lectures and seminars offer students the opportunity to study the modern Jewish experience as a distinct historical subject as well as to appreciate it as an important facet of modern history in general. In my courses, students learn about the internal reshaping of modern Jewish culture, religious practices, socio-economic advancement, and the politics of inclusion and exclusion, and the destruction of European Jewry; I also challenge them to reflect critically upon modern history from the perspective of the Jewish experience and the Holocaust.
Before my arrival at UT Dallas in 2006, I taught in the History Department at the University of Southampton in England.