Nicole M. Eaton

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Assistant Professor of History, Boston College

Visiting Scholar

Eaton is Assistant Professor of History at Boston College. Prior to coming to Boston College, she taught at Wesleyan University and has been a fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has also received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship.

At the Davis Center, Eaton is working on a book about the extended German–Soviet encounter in Königsberg/Kaliningrad during the 1940s—the only place ruled by both Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Russia as their own patrimony. The book 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 in the lived experience of both regimes and their understanding of each other.

Soviet and German history;
the Second World War;
forced migrations and ethnic cleansing;
the history of cities and everyday life
Current Project
"Königsberg-Kaliningrad: Revolution on the German-Soviet Frontier"
Foreign Language


, Late Modern European History
, University of California, Berkeley