Dr Samuel Koehne

SKoehneProfileDr Samuel Koehne works in the field of Modern European History, focusing particularly on the interrelations between religion, politics and nationalism. He is an expert on Nazism and religion, and has a developed international profile owing to a series of publications in world-class journals (including Central European History, the Journal of Contemporary History & German Studies Review) . He studied history at the University of Melbourne, completing two research degrees (MA, awarded 2004; PhD, awarded 2010). Having previously held fellowships through the DAAD (Historisches Institut, Stuttgart) and Deakin University (Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow), he is currently a Visitor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and a member of the Contemporary Histories Research Group.

Samuel’s research on the ‘official’ Nazi views on religion has forged new ground, including a new conceptual approach that reframes the terms of debate: ‘ethnotheism,’ or religion defined by race and the perceived spiritual and moral characteristics that the Nazis believed were inherent in race.

Samuel has been in the top five per cent of academics on Academia.edu since March 2015. His recent paper on ‘The Nazi Christmas’ (Central European History journal) was the most downloaded research article in March and April 2015.

In August 2015, Samuel will be attending an international research workshop at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., as one of only nine researchers.

The monograph arising from his PhD, entitled Nazi Germany as a Christian State, has recently been accepted for publication in the German research series Quellen und Forschungen zur württembergischen Kirchengeschichte  (Sources and Research into Württemberg Church History).


Dr Samuel Koehne and Dr Mathew Turner Present at the German Studies Association – October 2016

Dr Samuel Koehne’s New Journal Article – October 2016

Review of Dr Samuel Koehne’s Article on Nazi Views on Religion – June 2016

The Nazi Easter’ – Dr Samuel Koehne Writes for ABC – April 2016

Sam Koehne in Top 3% on Academia.edu – February 2016

Samuel Koehne Speaking in Adelaide- Behind the Wire: The Origins of the Temple-Society in Australia – February 2016

Dr Samuel Koehne on Deakin Speaking Blog – “Radicalisation & The ‘Consolation of Racism'” – January 2016

Dr Samuel Koehne Participates in ‘Emotions and memory’ Workshop – December 2015

Dr Samuel Koehne – New Think Piece: Hitler and the Language of Extermination – November 2015

Dr Samuel Koehne in the Top 5% of Academics on Academia.edu for the Second Time in 2015 – October 2015

Dr Samuel Koehne Presents at USHMM Summer Research Workshop – September 2015

Dr Samuel Koehne in Top 5% of Academics on Academia.edu -June 2015

Contemporary Histories Research Group Articles

Hitler and the Language of Extermination: A Comment on Netanyahu’s Statement


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