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About Williamjames Hoffer

I teach a number of subjects including legal, economic and military history all with a view towards understanding how governments change and are affected by change with a focus on the United States. As both a lawyer and historian, I combine a number of different techniques not necessarily to find answers, but to start asking good questions. I bring this perspective to my research as well, which concentrates on political and legal history in the modern U.S. though future projects will look earlier. I believe that universities are the greatest contributors to human advancement and am very pleased to be a small part of that effort.
Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
J.D., Harvard University Law School, 1996
B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 1993


Present Associate Professor, Department of History, Seton Hall University

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Co-editor, Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series, University Press of Kansas
2009 - Present Co-editor, Witness to History Series, Johns Hopkins University Press
2013 - 2016 Co-editor, Dialogues in American History Series, Oxford University Press
2012 - 2014 Moderator, H-FedHist [H-Net Discussion List]
2007 - 2012 Moderator, H-Law [H-Net Discussion List]
2006 - 2012 Editorial Board, H-Law [H-Net Discussion List
2008 - 2011 Membership Committee, American Society for Legal History
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Honors and Awards

  • Samuel I. Golieb Fellow, New York University School of Law 2001-2002
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1997-2001
  • Arthur O. Lovejoy Honorary Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2001
  • American Association of University Presses, Outstanding Book Award, 2008 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008 [for Essential History]


2003 PhD, John Hopkins University
1996 J.D., Harvard University Law School
1993 B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University

Books (7)

Book Chapters (1)

Book Reviews (2)

Journal Articles (2)