Welcome to the website of Holger Hoock.

Holger Hoock, MA, D.Phil., FRHistS, is the J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh.

Please browse this website to find out more about his biography, books, research, and teaching on Britain and the British Empire in the long eighteenth century.

There are also links to his consultancy practice, including museums and galleries.


Holger Hoock (b. 1972) grew up near Heidelberg in Germany.  He studied History, Political Science, and Law at the Universities of Freiburg and Cambridge, and holds a Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University (2001).  He has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool, where he also was the Founding Director of the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre. Since 2010 he has been serving as the J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh. From September 2014, he will be editing the Journal of British Studies (Cambridge University Press, on behalf of the North American Conference on British Studies). Read more…


Research Statement
I am a historian of Britain and the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with comparative European, Atlantic, and interdisciplinary interests.  Read more…

Public History

I have served on the Editorial Board of The Public Historian, the journal of the US National Council on Public History,  and guest-edited a special issue (Aug. 2010) showcasing current professional practice in this developing field in the United Kingdom. In 2008, during Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, we hosted a major international  Public History Conference (2008): University of Liverpool, Institute of Historical Research, London, and National Museums Liverpool

See also the page on Consultancy.

Related Links:
History & Policy (UK)
National Council on Public History (USA)


HH consultancy 2012In my consultancy practice—

I believe that academic historians have a responsibility to combine rigorous research with making their work accessible as widely as possible, and I enjoy sharing my expertise and passion for history with broader audiences.

  • I enjoy working with museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations to develop ambitious research and publication strategies from concept to realization.
  • I am committed to fostering collaboration between the Higher Education and the Heritage sectors, especially Museums and Galleries, in the areas of research and learning & teaching.
  • I provide specialist historical advice for museums and the media. Read more…

September 1, 2014:  Today, I start a five-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of British Studies (JBS), published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the North American Conference on British Studies.


Represented by:

Susan Rabiner
Susan Rabiner Literary Agency
315 West 39th Street, Suite 1501
New York, N.Y. 10018
(Voice) 914-714-5730

You can also e-mail Holger Hoock:   hoock[at]pitt.edu