About Rob Nelson


Robert L. Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Windsor, Canada. Originally from Vancouver, he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2003.

In 2009, his edited collection Germans, Poland and Colonial Expansion to the East: 1850 Through the Present (Palgrave), appeared, and in 2011, his book German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War was published with Cambridge University Press. His work has appeared in many academic journals and collections, and he has presented his work throughout North America and Europe, delivering keynotes in New Zealand and Qatar.

For the academic year 2012-13, Nelson was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, and in 2015-16 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the current Head of History at the University of Windsor. Nelson was an associate producer at the fifth estate (CBC), and his writing on food appeared in Saveur magazine.

You can contact Professor Nelson at rnelson@uwindsor.ca


1997-2003 | PhD, History | University of Cambridge | Degree Granted: 21 January 2003

1996-1997 | M.A., History | Simon Fraser University, Canada

1990-1996 | B.A. (First Class), History | Simon Fraser University, Canada

Professional Positions Held

2010-present | Associate Professor (Tenured) | Department of History, University of Windsor

2005-2010 | Assistant Professor | Department of History, University of Windsor

2003-2005 | Killam Postdoctoral Fellow | Institute for European Studies, University of British Columbia

Honours and Awards

2014 - UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

2014 - Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching

2010 - Kathleen E. McCrone Teaching Award (FAHSS, Windsor)

Grants and Fellowships Awarded

2011-2016 - Ontario Early Researcher Award, $CDN 150 000

2014-2015 - Strategic Research Grant, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Windsor, $CDN 10 000

2011-2014 - Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Co-Applicant, $CDN 205 000

2010-2013 - Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Free University of Berlin, €90 000

2006-2009 - Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $CDN 33 000

2007-2008 - Residency Research Fellowship, Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies, University of Michigan, $USD 6 000

2003-2005 - Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Canada, $CDN 85 000

2003-2005 - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $CDN 75 000


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