Robert Beachy (born January 5, 1965, Aibonito, Puerto Rico) is associate professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998. Beachy specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of Germany and Europe, and is known for his work on the history of sexuality in the Weimar Republic, under the Nazis, and in Germany after the Second World War.
In 2009, Beachy was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his research on homosexuality in Nazi Germany. Beachy's work also has received support from the Huntington Library, the National Humanities Center, the Max Planck Institute for History, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the American Philosophical Society.
Beachy is the brother of Stanford biologist Philip A. Beachy and is a cousin of author Stephen Beachy and of Roger N. Beachy, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
- Long Knives: Homosexuality in Nazi Germany (in preparation).
- Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (forthcoming, Alfred A. Knopf 2011).
- "The German Invention of Homosexuality," The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 82, No. 4 (Dec. 2010), pp. 801-38.
- German Civil Wars: Nation Building and Historical Memory, 1756-1914, co-authored with James Retallack (forthcoming, Oxford).
- The Soul of Commerce: Credit, Property and Politics in Leipzig, 1750-1840 (Brill 2005)
- Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World, ed. with Michele Gillespie (Berghahn 2007)
- Who Ran the Cities? Elite and Urban Power Structures, 1700-2000, ed. with Ralf Roth (Ashgate 2007)
- Women Business & Finance in Nineteenth Century Europe: Rethinking Separate Spheres, ed. with Beatrice Craig & Alastair Owens (Berg 2005)