Nick Arndt

BA Groningen

New College
MPhil International Relations

I am a first-year MPhil International Relations student at New College. My research is focused on German foreign policy since reunification and I am particularly interested in the relationship between memory politics and International Relations.

Before beginning the MPhil, I obtained a BA in History from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, graduating cum laude. During my undergraduate studies, I was also part of the Honours College and took part in an extracurricular interdisciplinary programme for excellent students. I also served on various committees within my university, including a term as an elected member of the faculty council. As a research assistant, I worked on projects about the role of churches as sites of resistance against COVID-19 measures in Germany and Austria, and about the ecological consequences of rural social engineering in India during decolonisation. I wrote my Bachelors thesis on the role of historical responsibility and guilt in German parliamentary debates about foreign policy towards the successor states of the USSR, from the 1990s until today.

Next to my studies in Oxford, I am the Deputy Treasurer of the Oxford International Relations Society.

Research Interests:

  • German foreign policy
  • Memory politics and emotions
  • Security Studies
  • Political architecture



  • German (Native C2)
  • English (C2)
  • French (B1)
  • Spanish (B1)