cropped-portraitcirclenew.jpg I grew up in Massachusetts and California and earned my PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, with a specialization in Atlantic history. From 2015-16 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia. I am now an assistant professor of history at UC Santa Cruz, where I teach classes on early modern Europe, the history of science, and world history.

My writing has appeared in The Paris Review DailyThe AtlanticSlate, Aeon, The Pacific StandardThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Domain ReviewI continue to contribute (sporadically) to my blog Res Obscura (2009-present), which is primarily about early modern history. I was a co-founder of The Appendix, a journal of experimental and narrative history (2012-15).


Email: bebreen [at] ucsc [dot] edu

Twitter: @resobscura