Ian P. Beacock

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
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Biographical Summary

Ian P. Beacock is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Modern European History from Stanford University (2019) and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Toronto. Before coming to the GHI, he held a teaching position at the University of British Columbia.

A historian of modern Europe & Germany, Ian is principally interested in democratic culture: how ideas are developed, reshaped, & put to work by active citizens in modern democratic states. Drawing upon his prizewinning Stanford PhD dissertation, his current book manuscript investigates the problem of democratic emotions in Weimar Germany (1918–33). A review essay related to this research is forthcoming in Central European History. While at the GHI, he is also starting work on a new project about early queer ancestry & historical writing in western Europe & the United States, c. 1860–1940.

Ian is the recipient of fellowships & grants from the Stanford Humanities Center, GHI Washington, the Central European History Society, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, the Europe Center at Stanford University, & others. He also writes regularly about books & ideas for publications such as The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, & elsewhere.

Please feel free to email him, visit his personal website, or follow him on Twitter (@IanPBeacock).

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern German & European History
  • History of Democracy; Political Theory
  • LGBT & Queer History
  • Transnational Histories of Knowledge
  • Historiography, Theory, & Method

GHI Research Project

Searching for Queer Ancestors