Nina Walter


Advisors: Francine Hirsch, and Daniel Ussishkin

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I am a 2021 George L. Mosse European Cultural History Fellow. I have come to UW-Madison from Scotland, where I completed my studies in History and Cultural Identity at the University of St Andrews. For my Masters thesis, I conducted original archival research into the role of Esperanto in Poland ca. 1887-1939. During my time in Wisconsin, I would like to further explore attitudes to multiculturalism and multilingualism in pre-World War II Europe through the prism of Esperanto, with a special focus on Jewish communities in Poland and Celtic (and possibly Scots) speakers on the British Isles.

Historical research into the early stages of the Esperanto movement in Europe perfectly combines my interests in culture, history, and languages. I hold a Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Warsaw and have spent most of my adult life traveling extensively and teaching English in Poland, Britain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.


M.St. University of St Andrews
B.Ed. University of Warsaw


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Between Nations and Empires. Esperanto in Poland, 1887-1939.”

Selected Awards

  • Dorothy Rosenberg Phi Beta Kappa Travel Grant, 2022
  • George L. Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in European Cultural History, 2021

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association (AHA), membership number: 191217
  • University of St Andrews Alumni Association