Caroline Nickerson

Mentor: Dr. Sheryl Kroen
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I care deeply about a proper interpretation of the past! I feel that a deep and true understanding of our history is the only correct way to, as a species, situate ourselves in the present. I first began historical research because I simply enjoyed reading firsthand documents from the past, but I later committed myself to the pursuit of this variety of research because I became convinced of its paramount importance. This is a vital variety of knowledge creation."


History & East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese) Double Major



Research Interests

  • National narratives
  • Propaganda
  • International intersections

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program(2016)
  • Reitz Scholars (2016)
  • 2nd Lt. Michael McGahan Scholarship (2015)
  • Reubin Askew Scholarship (2014)


  • Savant Leadership Honorary
  • Graham Center Student Fellows
  • Prism, the UF Honors Program's Magazine


  • Tour Guide at MK Rawlings Historic State Park
  • Mentor at Lake Forest Elementary
  • Starfish Project

Hobbies and Interests

  • Writing
  • Running
  • Reading
  • Brunching

Research Description

"From De-Nazification To Amnesty: The British Occupation Of Germany After WWII.”
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Great Britain, like many of its allies, embarked on a campaign not only to remove Nazis from their posts, but also to show documentaries of Holocaust horrors, to replace swastikas with crosses, and to conduct “panels” of denazification. But, like most of its fellow partners in the emergent Atlantic Alliance (France, Germany, and the United States), if earlier than most, (they began in 1946), the British opted to move in the direction of amnesty. They handed their denazification panels to the Germans. I want to answer how and why the British transformed a campaign devoted to confronting the crimes of the past to a politics of forgetting.