I grew up in Massachusetts and California and earned my PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, where I wrote a dissertation under the supervision of Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra. From August 2015 to January 2017 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia. I am currently an Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. At UCSC I teach classes on early modern Europe in a global context (with a focus on the Portuguese and British Empires), the history of science and medicine, environmental history, and the history of drugs. I am currently accepting potential graduate students in these fields.

I was a co-founder of The Appendix, a journal of experimental and narrative history (2012-15) and continue to write sporadically at my blog Res Obscura (2010-present).


Email: bebreen [at] ucsc [dot] edu

Twitter: @resobscura

My faculty profile at UC Santa Cruz