Esther Elizabeth Adaire

Originally from London, UK, I hold a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. My doctoral research focused on extreme-right networks in Germany since 1989 and their connections with US-based white supremacist/neo-Nazi militia groups. The resulting dissertation, titled Neo-Nazi Postmodern, examined trends in extreme-right thought as well as the tactical and organizational evolution of neo-Nazi terror groups, demonstrating how an intellectual New Right gradually merged, from the 1990s onwards, with an underground extremist scene, producing the extreme-right as it exists in politics and in street-protest groups today. Related and peripheral research topics include post-1989 European politics, memory & nostalgia in contemporary Russia and the former GDR, and the history of Internet technologies and AI.

I have taught classes on Nazi Germany, fascism, the making of modern society, and terrorism, and have lectured on topics such as war, genocide, and the history of tech.

I also hold an MA (Distinction) in History as well as a BA (Honours) in Theatre & Performance, both from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Publications, Panels & Awards

Recipient of the Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

“The Origins of ‘Day X’: Anti-Migrant Activity within the Bundeswehr since Unification,” paper presented for the panel “Migration and Ethno-nationalism in Germany from the Late 1980s to Today” at the 45th Annual German Studies Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN (October 2021).

“Historical Perspectives on January 6, 2021: A Conversation with Esther Adaire and Steve Remy” for EuropeNow no. 42 (July 2021).

“‘This Other Germany, the Dark One.’ Post-Wall Memory Politics Surrounding the Neo-Nazi Riots in Rostock and Hoyerswerda’ in German Politics and Society, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 2019), pp. 43-57.

“Destroying German History: The Work of Heiner Müller as a Challenge to Public Memory,” in e-cibs: Communications of the International Brecht Society (April 2020).

“The Intellectual Debate about Political Guilt and Historical Responsibility in Germany’s Early Federal Republic,” Annual Student Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York NY (April 2018).


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Background image: Man Ray, Untitled Rayograph (1922-1925).