Holger Hoock is a historian of the eighteenth century, specializing in the history of Britain and the British Empire. He is the author, most recently, of Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth. His other books include The King’s Artists and Empires of the Imagination.
An elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK), Hoock has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, a Visiting Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz as well as Visiting Professor at his alma mater, the University of Freiburg. Hoock’s research has also been supported by The Huntington, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the David Library of the American Revolution in the U.S.A, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy in the UK, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in Germany. He is the recipient of the UK’s Philip-Leverhulme-Prize for internationally recognized young researchers (2006).
His personal and professional journey has so far taken Holger from Germany to the United Kingdom and the United States. Holger grew up near Heidelberg in Southwestern Germany, was educated at the Universities of Freiburg (M.A., 1997), Cambridge, and Oxford (D.Phil. 2001), and taught at the Universities of Cambridge (2002–5) and Liverpool (2005–10), where he also founded the interdisciplinary Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre. In 2010, he moved to the J. Carroll Amundson Chair in British History at the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to sharing his passion for historical research as an author, educator, lecturer, and a consultant for museums and TV, Holger relishes opportunities to help foster excellent research environments. He is passionate about the pivotal role that graduate education plays in research universities, about its importance as a public good, and about fostering the conditions in which diverse graduate students thrive as they prepare to lead their disciplines and professions. From 2017 to 2021, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.