Wilson Center Experts
Nicole Eaton received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, with an emphasis on Modern European, Soviet, and German history. She has been a research fellow at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and will be teach Russian history as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in the Spring of 2015.
Nicole Eaton's research interests include social history and microhistory, Nazism and Stalinism. Her book manuscript focuses on a single decade of politics, and everyday life, and the German-Soviet encounter in Königsberg-Kaliningrad—unique as the only place ruled by both Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Russia as their own patrimony. Her work explores the way both regimes attempted to transform the city's urban space and its inhabitants, arguing that the intersection of national prescriptions and local conditions gave rise to conflicting practices. During her term at Kennan, she will work on revising manuscript for publication by researching the broader context of German and Soviet occupations, postwar urban rebuilding, nationalities policies, and forced migrations.
"German Bodies, Soviet Medicine: Ideology, Disease, and Contamination in Kaliningrad, 1945-1948" (under review)