Research

Heidi's research has spanned over numerous interdisciplinary fields including international history, digital media, and public policy. She has authored numerous prize-winning academic books, essays, and journal articles.  

Books

 

News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900–1945 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019).

 

Edited Volumes 

 

Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business (37 chapters, London: Routledge, 2019). Co-edited with Teresa da Silva Lopes and Christina Lubinski.
 

Exorbitant Expectations: International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (New York: Routledge, 2018). Co-edited with Jonas Brendebach and Martin Herzer. Reviews in Canadian Journal of
Communications
, Diplomatica, H-Diplo, and JHistory.

 

Journal Special Issues

“Pandemics That Changed the World: Historical Reflections on COVID-19,” Journal of Global History 15.3 (November 2020). Eleven articles and an introduction co-edited with Ewout Frankema.


“Imagined Use as a Category of Analysis: New Approaches to the History of Technology,” History and Technology: An International Journal 32.2 (August 2016). Five articles co-edited with Simone Müller.


“Communicating Global Capitalism,” Journal of Global History 10.2 (July 2015). Six articles co-edited with Simone Müller.


“The Governance of International Communications: Business, Politics, and Standard-Setting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” Journal of Policy History 27.3 (July 2015). Fives articles and an afterword co-edited with Simone Müller.

 

Journal Articles

“Fighting Hate with Speech Law: Media and German Visions of Democracy,” Journal of Holocaust Research 35.2 (May 2021), pp. 106-122.

 

“Pandemics That Changed the World: Historical Reflections on Covid-19,” (with Ewout Frankema), Journal of Global History 15.3 (November 2020), pp. 333–335.


“Oligopolies of the Past? Habermas, Bourdieu, and Conceptual Approaches to News Agencies,” Journalism: Theory, Criticism, Practice 21.2 (November 2020), pp. 1825–1841.
 

“Online Disinformation and Harmful Speech: Dangers for Democratic Participation and Possible Policy Responses,” (co-authored with Chris Tenove), Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 13 (September 2019), pp. 215–232.

“Communicable Disease: Information, Health, and Globalization in the Interwar Period,” American Historical Review 124.3 (June 2019), pp. 813–842.


“The Death of News? The Problem of Paper in the Weimar Republic,” Central European History 50.3 (September 2017), pp. 328–346.


“The Natural History of the News: An Epigenetic Study,” co-authored with John Maxwell Hamilton, Journalism: Theory, Criticism, Practice 18.4 (April 2017), pp. 391–407.


“How Not to Build a World Wireless Network: German-British Rivalry and Visions of Global Communications in the Early Twentieth Century,” History and Technology 32.2 (August 2016), pp. 178–200.


“Introduction,” to “Imagined Use as a Category of Analysis: New Approaches to the History of Technology,” co-authored with Simone Müller, History and Technology 32.2 (August 2016), pp. 105–119.


“Changing the Rules of the Game: Strategic Institutionalization and Legacy Companies’ Resistance to New Media,” co-authored with Christopher Buschow, International Journal of Communication 10 (April 2016), pp. 2119–2139.


“Political and Economic News in the Age of Multinationals,” Business History Review 89.3 (Fall 2015), pp. 447–474.


“Introduction” to “The Governance of International Communications: Business, Politics, and Standard-Setting in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Policy History 27.3 (July 2015), pp. 405–415.


“The Savior of the Nation? Regulating Radio in the Interwar Period,” Journal of Policy History 27.3 (July 2015), pp. 465–492.


“Editorial — Communicating Global Capitalism,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Global History 10.2 (July 2015), pp. 203–211.


“The Telegraph and the Bank: On the Interdependence of Global Communications and Capitalism, 1866–1914,” co-authored with Simone Müller, Journal of Global History 10.2 (July 2015), pp. 259–283.


“Journalistic Statesmanship: Protecting the Press in Weimar Germany and Abroad,” German History 32.4 (Winter 2014), pp. 559–578.


“Magic Connections: German News Agencies and Global News Networks, 1905–1945,” Enterprise & Society 15.4 (Winter 2014), pp. 672–686.


“The Creation of European News: News Agency Cooperation in Interwar Europe,” Journalism Studies 14.5 (October 2013), pp. 730–742.


“Peace through Truth? The Press and Moral Disarmament through the League of Nations,” Medien & Zeit 25.4 (December 2010), pp. 16–28.


“The Path to Freedom? Transocean and Wireless Telegraphy, 1914–1922,” Historical Social Research 35.1 (April 2010), pp. 209–233.

 

Book Chapters


“Afterword: Competition during Covid-19,” in Daniela Russ and James Stafford (eds.), Competition in World Politics: Knowledge, Strategy, and Institutions (Bielefeld University Press, 2021), pp. 289-300.

 

Coded Internationalism and Telegraphic Language,” in Jessica Reinisch and David Brydan (eds.), The Reluctant Internationalists (Bloomsbury, 2021).

“News, Propaganda, and Public Opinion from the Fin de Siècle to the Cold War,” (co-authored with Richard R. John), in Ann Blair et al. (eds.), Information: A Historical Companion (Princeton University Press, 2021), pp. 211237. Featured in Lapham's Quarterly.

"Policy Lessons from Five Historical Patterns in Information Manipulation,” in W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston (eds.), The Disinformation Age: Politics, Technology, and Disruptive Communication in the United States (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2021), pp. 169189. Chapter featured in reviews in Deccan Herald and Daily Kos.


“Fake News: A Usable History,” (co-authored with John Maxwell Hamilton), in Joshua Grimm (ed.), Fake News! Misinformation in the Media (Louisiana State University Press, 2020), pp. 1331.


“From Early Modern Moon Hoaxes to Nazi Propaganda: A Brief Anthology of Fake News,” (co-authored with John Maxwell Hamilton), in Joshua Grimm (ed.), Fake News! Misinformation in the Media (Louisiana State University Press, 2020), pp. 4863.


“Communications and Technology,” in Paula Baker and Donald T. Critchlow (eds.), Oxford Handbook of American Political History (Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 408426.


“A Union of Nations or Administrations? Voting Rights, Representation, and Sovereignty at the International Telecommunications Union in the 1930s,” in Gabriele Balbi and Andreas Fickers (eds.), History of the International Telecommunication Union: Transnational Techno-Diplomacy from the Telegraph to the Internet (de Gruyter, 2020), pp. 243–264.


“Digital History and Global Publics,” in Valeska Huber and Jürgen Osterhammel (eds.), Global Publics: Their Powers and Limits, 18701990 (Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 313–342.


“Scoop: The Challenge of Foreign Correspondence,” (co-authored with John Maxwell Hamilton) in James E. Katz and Kate Mays (eds.), Social Media and Journalism’s Search for Truth (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 133–150.


“Introduction to the Makers of Global Business,” (co-authored with Teresa da Silva Lopes and Christina Lubinski) in Teresa da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski, and Heidi Tworek (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business (Routledge, 2019), pp. 316.


“Global Communications,” (co-authored with Richard John) in Teresa da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski, and Heidi Tworek (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business (Routledge, 2019), pp. 315331.

 

“Introduction,” (co-authored with Jonas Brendebach and Martin Herzer) in Jonas Brendebach, Martin Herzer, and Heidi Tworek (eds.), Exorbitant Expectations: International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Routledge, 2018), pp. 116.


“Protecting News before the Internet,” in Richard R. John and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb (eds.), Making News: The Political Economy of Journalism in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution to the Internet (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2015), pp. 196–222.

 

Roundtables and Essays

“Rethinking the United States: What Was the ‘American Century’?”, in Jessica Reinisch and David Brydan (eds.), Historical Association – Exploring and Teaching the Twentieth Century (2019), pp. 62–65.


“Historical Roundtable: Legal and Historical Understandings of Privacy and Technology,” (with Erin Coyle, Amy Gajda, and Jeffery Smith), Historiography in Mass Communication 5, no. 3 (May 2019), pp. 17–27.

 

Peer-Reviewed Encyclopedia Entries and Online Essays


“Bild- und Filmamt,” International Encyclopedia of the First World War (February 2016).


“Wolff Telegraph Bureau,” International Encyclopedia of the First World War (November 2015).


„Der Weltverkehr und die Ausbreitung des Kapitalismus um 1900,“ Themenportal Europäische Geschichte (October 2015).

“Wireless Telegraphy,” International Encyclopedia of the First World War (October 2014).

 

Book Reviews

Review of Erik Grimmer-Solem, Learning Empire: Globalization and the German Quest for World Status, 1875–1919 (2019), Business History Review 94.3 (2020), pp. 655–658.


Review of Daniel Gorman, International Cooperation in the Early Twentieth Century (2017), H-Diplo (June 2018).

 

Review of Poul Duedahl (ed.), A History of UNESCO: Global Actions and Impact (2016), The English Historical Review (February 2018).


Review of Thomas Zimmer, Welt ohne Krankheit. Geschichte der internationalen Gesundheitspolitik 1940–1970 (2017), H-Soz-Kult, (January 2018).


Review of James Lang, On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (2008), Harvard University Book Center Blog (September 2011).
 

Review of Steve J. Wurtzler, Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media (2009), JHistory (November 2010).


Review of Lutz Hachmeister, Nervöse Zone: Politik und Journalismus in der Berliner Republik (2007), H-German (May 2010).

 

Digital Projects

Co-ordinator, United Nations History Project (www.unhistoryproject.org), December 2010–present.
 

Project manager for leading scholarly website on UN history. Supervised ten graduate and undergraduate researchers. Awarded grants from United Nations Foundation for the site, its Facebook and Twitter (@UN_History).

Editor, “Image of the Month,” October 2016–present. Solicit, edit, and publish essays from scholars on images related to the history of international organizations.


Manager, UN70 Twitter Project (@UN_History), April 2015–2018.

Manage and publicize tweets tracing the foundation of the United Nations in real time, seventy years later.


Blogger, United Nations Foundation, July–October 2015. Contributed regular blog posts on the history of the foundation of the United Nations.