The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Nisrine Rahal

PhD Program


My dissertation focuses on educational and social reform in Germany, particularly the development of the kindergarten movement, during the nineteenth-century. I analyze this movement as a site to examine histories of emancipation and state development as well as ideas of nationhood and citizenship.

“A Battlefield for Emancipation: The Hamburg Kindergarten Movement and the Revolutionary 1840s” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute. Issue 61 (Fall 2017)

Honours/Awards or Grants Received:
Leibniz Institute For European History Doctoral Research Fellowship - June 2017 to February 2018

Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme - October 2015 to October 2016

Scholarship Programme of the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) From the German Institute for International Educational Research - October 2016-December 2016


  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA Honours, University of Toronto
Nisrine Rahal