Daniel McDermott

Daniel McDermott

PhD Candidate, ABD
Advisor: Tom Fleischman

Major Fields: Environmental History, Modern Germany
Minor Fields: Public History, Cold War

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am interested in how the relationship between humans and nature is constructed and shaped through spaces and activities such as science, militarization, tourism, parks, and forestry. My dissertation investigates how ecological restoration and nature conservation developed in the Harz Mountains, located in central Germany.


The Forest of Tomorrow: An Environmental History of the Harz Mountains


MA, History, University of Rochester, 2020
BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts--Lowell, 2019

Selected Publications

  • Presentations:
  • “From Acadia to the Harz: Subalpine Restoration as a Potential Turning Point in Nature Conservation,” 12th Biannual European Society for Environmental History Conference. Bern, Switzerland, August 22-26, 2023


  • HIS126 Hitler's Germany, Spring 2022 (Teaching Assistant)
  • HIS154 World History Through Soccer, Fall 2022 (Teaching Assistant)


  • 2023-2024, DAAD One-Year Research Fellowship, Gerog-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2023 Lina and A. William Salomone Prize, University of Rochester
  • 2022 Bruce Pauley Fellowship, University of Rochester
  • 2018-2019 O'Mallie Family History Endowment Scholarship, UMass Lowell