Nils Minkmar (born November 12, 1966 in Saarbrücken) is a German historian, journalist and publicist.
Minkmar grew up in Dudweiler as a son of a German and a Frenchwoman. He studied recent history at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken and attended Pierre Bourdieus Doctoral Seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. In 1996, he received a doctor’s degree under the supervision of Richard van Dülmen at the Saarland University.
In 1997 Minkmar became editor at the ZDF show “Willemsens Woche” in Hamburg. After the termination of the show, he was working as a freelance journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Geo and Merian. From 1999 until 2001 he was editor for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. In July 2001 Minkmar became editor for the feuilleton of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. From 2012 until end of 2014 he was the head of feuilleton of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Since May 2015 he writes for Der Spiegel.
He was elected cultural editor of the year by a jury of the Medium Magazine in 2012. In 2010 and 2013 he was part of the jury for the Henri Nannen Award.
Minkmar has both the German and French citizenship.