Tworek received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her PhD in History from Harvard University. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University.
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Dr. Heidi Tworek works on media, international organizations, and transatlantic relations. She is a member of the Science and Technology Studies program, the Language Science Initiative, and the Institute for European Studies at UBC. She is a visiting fellow at the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
Heidi’s book, News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 was published in March 2019 by Harvard University Press. It has been reviewed in publications like the Financial Times, Nature, and the Washington Post and received coverage in the Vancouver Sun and Der Tagesspiegel. In March 2018, she published a co-edited volume, entitled Exorbitant Expectations: International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. She is also the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business, due to appear in autumn 2019. Heidi’s many book chapters and journal articles have appeared in venues including American Historical Review, Journal of Global History, Journal of Policy History, Business History Review, Journalism Studies, German History and Enterprise & Society. She is a co-editor of Journal of Global History. Her further research interests include contemporary media and communications, German and transatlantic politics, the digital economy, the history of technology, legal history, digital history, the history of health, and higher education.
Her writing has been published in English and German in major magazines and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, The Globe and Mail, Columbia Journalism Review, War on the Rocks, Wired, Nieman Journalism Lab, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, ZEIT, Internationale Politik, and The Conversation. Heidi also appears regularly on national radio and television in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Heidi is committed to bringing a historical sensibility to policy discussions. She has briefed or advised officials and policymakers from multiple European and North American governments on media, democracy, and the digital economy. Funded by a Partnership Engage Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, one of her projects in this area addresses how Canada can tackle harmful speech online.
She manages the United Nations History Project website to provide materials for researching and teaching the history of international organizations.
She received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her MA and PhD in History from Harvard University. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on History in the History Department at Harvard University. Heidi has held visiting fellowships at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC, Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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H.J.S. Tworek. News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019.
J. Brendebach; M. Herzer; H. Tworek. Exorbitant Expectations: International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. London: Routledge, 2018.
H. J. S. Tworek, “Communicable Disease: Information, Health, and Globalization in the Interwar Period”, American Historical Review, vol. 124, no. 3, 2019
H. J. S. Tworek, “The Death of News? The Problem of Paper in the Weimar Republic”, Central European History, vol. 50, no. 3, 2017.
H. J. S. Tworek and Buschow, C., “Changing the Rules of the Game: Strategic Institutionalization and Legacy Companies’ Resistance to New Media”, International Journal of Communication, vol. 10, p. 2139, 2016
H. J. S. Tworek and Hamilton, J. Maxwell, “The Natural History of the News: An Epigenetic Study”, Journalism: Theory, Criticism, Practice, 2016.
H. J. S. Tworek, “How Not to Build a World Wireless Network: German-British Rivalry and Visions of Global Communications in the Early Twentieth Century”, History and Technology, vol. 32, no. 2, 2016
H. J. S. Tworek and Müller, S. M., “Imagined Use as a Category of Analysis: New Approaches to the History of Technology”, History and Technology: An International Journal, vol. 32, no. 2, 2016.
H. J. S. Tworek and Müller, S. M., “Introduction to Special Issue on “The Governance of International Communications: Business, Politics, and Standard-Setting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries“”, Journal of Policy History, vol. 27, no. 3, 2015.
H. J. S. Tworek, “The Savior of the Nation? Regulating Radio in the Interwar Period”, Journal of Policy History, vol. 27, no. 3, 2015.
H. J. S. Tworek and Müller, S. M., “Editorial – Communicating Global Capitalism”, Journal of Global History, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 211, 2015.
H. J. S. Tworek, “Political and Economic News in the Age of Multinationals”, Business History Review, vol. 89, no. 3, 2015
S. M. Müller and Tworek, H. J. S., “’The Telegraph and the Bank’: On the Interdependence of Global Communications and Capitalism, 1866-1914”, Journal of Global History, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 283, 2015.
H. Tworek, “Magic Connections: German News Agencies and Global News Networks, 1905-1945”, Enterprise & Society, vol. 15, no. 4, 2014.
H. Tworek, “Journalistic Statesmanship: Protecting the Press in Weimar Germany and Abroad”, German History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2014
H. Tworek, “The Creation of European News: News Agency Cooperation in Interwar Europe”, Journalism Studies, vol. 14, no. 5, 2013
H. J. S. Evans, “The Path to Freedom? Transocean and Wireless Telegraphy, 1914-1922”, Historical Social Research, vol. 35, no. 1, 2010
H. Tworek, “Peace through Truth? The Press and Moral Disarmament through the League of Nations”, Medien & Zeit, vol. 25, no. 4, 2010
H. Tworek, “Wireless Telegraph, 1914-1918”, International Encyclopedia of the First World War. 2014.
H. Tworek, “Gemeinsam mit den Guten. Wie ein EU-Handelsabkommen mit Kanada zum Wertpaket wurde”, Internationale Politik, no. 3, 2017
H. J. S. Tworek, “Political Communications in the “Fake News” Era: Six Lessons for Europe”, Transatlantic Academy, Washington, DC, 2017
G. Pizzorno and Tworek, H. J. S., “Lab Partners: Experimenting with Active Learning”, Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, p. 23024, 2016
H. J. S. Tworek, “Der Weltverkehr und die Ausbreitung des Kapitalismus um 1900”, 2015. [Online]. Available: http://www.europa.clio-online.de/site/lang__en/ItemID__737/mid__11428/40208214/default.aspx
H. Tworek, “Writing a Student Evaluation Can Be Like Trolling the Internet: How a Long-Despised University Tradition Can Be a Chance to Teach Civility”, The Atlantic, 2014.
H. Tworek and Buschow, C., “Wettbewerbsvorteile durch Gesetzgebung? Debatten zum Nachrichtenschutz im Wandel der Zeit”, Der Digitale Wandel – Magazin für Internet und Gesellschaft, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 14-16, 2014.
H. Tworek, “Does England Have the Solution to the Grade-Inflation Problem?”, The Atlantic, 2014.
H. Tworek and Weber, T., “Das Märchen vom Schicksalstag”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2014.
H. Tworek and Buschow, C., “History Lessons: Why Germany’s “Google Tax” Won’t Work”, Nieman Reports, 2014. [Online]. Available: http://niemanreports.org/articles/history-lessons-why-germanys-google-tax-wont-work/.
“The Real Reason the Humanities are ‘in Crisis:’ Women Started Deserting Subjects like History and English Decades Ago”, The Atlantic, 2013.
Heidi Tworek teaches international history, digital history, and the history of news. She is interested in supervising graduate students in the history of communications and media, international history, history of international organizations, German and European history.
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