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Heidi Tworek

Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor of International History at University of British Columbia (UBC). She works on the history of news and international organizations. Her current book project focuses on news agencies as the nexus of modern news collection and dissemination. Her further research interests include media, international organizations, legal history, digital history, the history of health, and higher education. She is an affiliate of the Science and Technology Studies program and the Language Science Initiative at UBC. In 2016-17 she is on leave as a fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC.

She manages the UN History Project website(link is external) to provide materials for researching and teaching the history of international organizations. She also runs the UN History ProjectTwitter feed(link is external) that is live tweeting the foundation of the UN, seventy years later.

Heidi has published over a dozen articles in venues including Journal of Global History(link is external), Journal of Policy History(link is external), Business History Review(link is external), Journalism Studies(link is external),German History(link is external) and Enterprise & Society(link is external). She has also written for media outlets including The Atlantic, Politico, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and The Conversation.

She 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 in 2012. 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 Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany.


  • Assistant Professor of International History, University of British Columbia
  • Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University