Mikkel Dack is a historian of modern Europe, with a particular interest in twentieth-century Germany and the world wars. He earned his M.A. at the University of Waterloo and Ph.D. at the University of Calgary and has also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and Helmut Schmidt Universität in Hamburg.
Dr. Dack’s research engages with cultural and psychosocial history and the study of violence, radicalism, social memory, and identity. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Were You a Nazi? The Fragebogen and Everyday Denazification in Postwar Germany. This study explores Allied efforts to simultaneously punish and reorient former Nazis, as well as the physical and emotional consequences of denazification for regular German citizens. He has also written research articles on post-traumatic stress amongst perpetrators, political denunciation, wartime sexual violence, and eugenics legislation. He is currently involved in a number of research projects related to combating far-right violent extremism in Europe and the United States.
Dr. Dack’s scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the German Historical Institute, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Dack is Director of Research for the Rowan Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights.