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University of British Columbia
international organizations, communications, media, Germany, Canada, German-Canadian relations, Europe, United Nations, Google, intellectual property rights, copyright, international history, twentieth-century history, League of Nations, political communications
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About Me

Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor of International History at the University of British Columbia. Her current research focuses on communications, international organizations, and history. Her work explores the role of communications in politics and society, today and in the past. She is currently completing her first book, provisionally entitled News from Germany: The Project to Control World Communications, 1900-1945. Tworek also manages the United Nations History Project ( She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University. Tworek has held visiting fellowships at Birkbeck, University of London, the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany. In 2016-17, she is a fellow at the Transatlantic Academy located at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC. She received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge and earned her PhD in History from Harvard University.

Recent Publications

“Why Germany Might Take a Maple Leaf out of Canada’s Book,” Transatlantic Academy (March 10, 2017).

“Political Communications in the ‘Fake News’ Era: Six Lessons for Europe,” Transatlantic Academy Policy Brief (February 13, 2017).

“The European Union Clashes with Google over Copyright,” German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Take (October 11, 2016).

“How Not to Build a World Wireless Network: German-British Rivalry and Visions of Global Communications in the Early Twentieth Century,” History and Technology 32.2 (August 2016), pp. 178–200.

“Introduction,” to “Imagined Use as a Category of Analysis: New Approaches to the History of Technology,” co-authored with Simone Müller, History and Technology 32.2 (August 2016), pp. 105–119.

“Changing the Rules of the Game: Strategic Institutionalization and Legacy Companies’ Resistance to New Media,” co-authored with Christopher Buschow, International Journal of Communication 10 (April 2016), pp. 2119–2139.

“The Natural History of the News: An Epigenetic Study,” co-authored with John Maxwell Hamilton, Journalism: Theory, Criticism, Practice (online before print, January 2016).

“Political and Economic News in the Age of Multinationals,” Business History Review 89.3 (Fall 2015), pp. 447–474.

“Introduction” to “The Governance of International Communications: Business, Politics, and Standard-Setting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Policy History 27.3 (July 2015), pp. 405–415.

“The Savior of the Nation? Regulating Radio in the Interwar Period,” Journal of Policy History 27.3 (July 2015), pp. 465–492.

“Editorial — Communicating Global Capitalism,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Global History 10.2 (July 2015), pp. 203–211.

“The Telegraph and the Bank: On the Interdependence of Global Communications and Capitalism, 1866–1914,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Global History 10.2 (July 2015), pp. 259–283.

Media Coverage

I have published articles in the Atlantic, Politico, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Tagesspiegel. I have appeared on the BBC, NPR, and Huffington Post Live to discuss the United Nations, higher education, and history.

Country Focus
Germany, Europe, Canada, USA

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