Distinguished Research Professor
317 LeConte
(706) 542-2519
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T/R 2:30-3:30pm
Harvard University

Hoffer's most recent work includes Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, and Fraud in the Writing of American History (PublicAffairs, 2004); Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos that Reshaped American History (PublicAfairs, 2006); The Brave New World: A History of Early America (Johns Hopkins, 2007); The Supreme Court: An Essential History (Kansas, 2007); The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr (Kansas, 2008); and The Historian's Paradox: A Philosophy of History for Our Times (NYU, 2008). In 2010, Cry Liberty, his book length essay on the Stono Rebellion appeared from Oxford University Press, and his Nation of Laws: America's Incomplete Search for Justice was published by Kansas. In 2011, Kansas released his Free Press Crisis of 1800: The Trial of Thomas Cooper for Seditious Libel. Johns Hopkins published his When Benjamin Franklin Met the Reverend George Whitefield: Revivalism, Enlightenment, and the Power of the Printed Word in Early America in its Witness to History series in 2012 and his Prelude to Revolution:The Salen Gunpowder Raid of 1775 in 2014. In that year, NYU Press published his Clio Among the Muses: Essays on History and the Humanities. In 2015, Oxford University Press released his Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Crisis to Parliament, 1766. In 2016, the University Press of Kansas released his Rutgers v. Waddington: Alexander Hamilton, The End of the War for Independence, and the Origins of Judicial Review. Later in that year, his co-authored The Federal Courts: An Essential History came out from Oxford University Press. In 2017, his John Quincy Adams and the Gag Rule, 1835-1850 appeared from the Johns Hopkins University Press. He awaits publication of his "A Humane and Civilized Jurisprudence: The Lawyers' Civil War" from OUP in 2018. Hoffer has won the Choice "Outstanding Academic Title" award four times, in 1991, 1992, 2005, and 2008.

Curriculum Vitae: 

Courses Taught

U.S. History to 1865, Honors
Colonial and Revolutionary America
American Legal History

Peter Charles Hoffer's Selected Publications