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Professor of History, University of Warwick

Beat Kümin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick and the author of 'Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe', published by Palgrave in 2007. He is also a founding member of the interdisciplinary Drinking Studies Network.

Having studied History and English at the University of Bern, Beat conducted doctoral research on late medieval parishes at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and subsequently became a Research Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

After a return to Bern - to pursue a Swiss National Science Foundation project on early modern public houses and to act as historian Peter Blickle's assistant - he joined Warwick University in January 2001. Since then, he has obtained a second doctorate (Habilitation in early modern history; Bern 2005), held guest lectureships at Bielefeld (2011-12) and Konstanz (2015) Universities and spent six months as a Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald (2012-13). In 2014, he served as Director of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and became a Federal Heritage Expert of the Swiss Department of Culture.

Beat is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and co-editor of the 'Cultures of Early Modern Europe' series published by Bloomsbury. Alongside this, he serves on the editorial board of the journal Brewery History, the advisory panel of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York and the committee of the Warwickshire Local History Society.

Privately, he follows a number of lesser-known football teams and is a keen explorer of Italian gastronomy. Together with his family he enjoys travelling and skiing in the Alps.


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of Warwick