Nicola Karcher is a historian and Associate Professor in Social Science at the Østfold University College, Norway, where she leads the research group PRIS (Politics, Religion, Ideology and Society in Education) and is a member of the Research Steering Committee at her faculty. She is also a steering board member of the National Network of Social Science in Education, Norway. She has been a researcher in the project Democratic institutions facing Nazi occupation: Norway in a comparative perspective from 2013 to 2017, at the Norwegian Holocaust Center and financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Her teaching expertise is directed towards Holocaust education, democratic citizenship, and prevention of extremism and racism in school and teacher education. Karcher’s pioneering doctoral thesis in 2012 dealt with Norwegian-German fascist networks in the interwar period. She has published articles and books in Norwegian, German, and English on the history of fascism, occupation history, antisemitism, and racism, particularly with respect to the Nordic countries. In her monograph Kampen om skolen, she analysed fascist education in the light of Nazification policy and civil resistance in occupied Norway. Karcher has been a coordinator of NORFAS since 2020, is a member of the NORFAS steering committee, and co-editor of the NORFAS-anthology Nordic Fascism: Fragments of an Entangled History (Routledge, in press, 2022).
- Interwar and occupation history
- Far-right movements, ideology and networks
- Anti-Semitism, the völkisch movement and racism
- History didactics