Nathaniël Kunkeler

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Dr Nathaniël Kunkeler is a postdoctoral fellow, researching violent transnational far-right networks. Their research project concerns particularly military volunteers in interwar north-western Europe, focusing on the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and their political radicalisation and transnational connections across the globe. They have previously worked primarily on fascist political cultures.

Dr Kunkeler received their PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2019, with a thesis on myth-making practices and respectability in Swedish and Dutch fascism in the 1930s. This research was published in 2021 by Bloomsbury Academic as a monograph, under the title Making Fascism in Sweden and the Netherlands: Myth-Creation and Respectability, 1931-40.

Academic interests

  • Political culture

  • Transnational networks
  • Fascism
  • Military and paramilitary volunteers
  • Anti-Bolshevism & counter-revolution
  • Violence

Background

Dr Kunkeler received their BA from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2013, from which they also received their MPhil in 2015, and their PhD in 2019. They have taught the Cambridge undergraduate paper 18, ‘European history since 1890’, since 2016, as well as seminars for the ‘Comparative Fascism(s)’ module of the Modern European History MPhil in 2017-18. They have worked as a research assistant at various times on John F. Pollard’s ‘Global Skinhead Fascism’ project since 2014.

Awards

Prince Consort & Thirlwall Prize, for best History PhD thesis by a candidate under 30, 2019.

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