Tom Goyens, Ph.D.


Tom Goyens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, History
Holloway Hall (HH) 375
410-548-7717 or ext 87717

Current Research

  • I am currently writing a biography of Johann Most, a German socialist and later anarchist who immigrated to the United States in 1882. Most was born in 1846 in Augsburg, Bavaria and died in Cincinnati in 1906. I have completed the primary research. The book is contracted to be published by the University of Illinois Press in 2012 with a tentative title: "Johann Most: A Biography."

Selected Publications

  • Beer and Revolution: The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1914 (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2007)
  • "Social Space and the Practice of Anarchist History," Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, 13, 4 (December 2009): 439-457.
  • "Beer and Revolution: Some Aspects of German Anarchist Culture in New York, 1880-1900," Social Anarchism: A Journal of Theory and Practice. 32 (2002): 51-9
  • "Johann Most en de Duitse anarchistische beweging in New York Ciyt, 1880-1900," Brood en Rozen: Tijdschrift voor de Geschiedenis van Sociale Bewegingen [Bread and Roses: Journal for the History of Social Movements] 1 (2002): 39-55.

Institutions Attended

  • Ph.D. University of Leuven, Belgium, 2003
  • Postgraduate in American Studies, Univ. of Leuven and The College of William & Mary, 1995
  • B.A. in History,  University of Leuven, Belgium, 1994

Areas of Interest

  • U.S. 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Social and Cultural History of the Gilded Age
  • Immigration and Ethnic Identity
  • Radical Movements, Anarchism
  • Johann Most and German American History
  • Belgian and French Immigrants in the U.S.
  • Transatlantic Social Movements
  • Social Space


  • HIST 202  History of the United States II
  • HIST 413  Social and Cultural History of the United States II
  • HIST 490  The Immigrant in American History