I’m a historian at the University of British Columbia. I hold a PhD in modern European history from Stanford University & completed my undergraduate training at the University of Toronto. In the 2018–19 academic year, I'm a Visiting Scholar at UBC’s Institute for European Studies and Sessional Lecturer in the Department of History. In 2019–20, I’ll be a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. My first (& current) book project explores the problem of democratic emotions in Weimar Germany (1918–33).
A historian of modern Europe and Germany, I'm broadly interested in democratic culture: how ideas are developed, rearranged, & put to work by active citizens in modern democratic states. At the heart of my current research lies a constellation of urgent & unresolved questions about political emotions & democratic stability. My fields of research & teaching interest include the the history of democracy, queer history, transnational histories of knowledge, political theory & intellectual history, & a wide range of issues related to historiography, theory, & method.
My research has been supported by grants & fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the German Historical Institute, the Central European History Society, the DAAD, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, The Europe Center at Stanford University, & others.
I also write regularly on books & ideas for general audiences. You can find my essays & reviews in places like The Atlantic, The New Republic, Aeon Magazine, The Point, The Chronicle of Higher Education, & elsewhere.
Please feel free to send me an email: beacock [at] mail [dot] ubc [dot] ca.
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