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


Email: bebreen [at] ucsc [dot] edu

Twitter: @resobscura

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