University of Pittsburgh



Holger Hoock

J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History
Secondary Appointment in the Department of History of Art & Architecture
Editor, Journal of British Studies (Cambridge University Press)

DPhil, University of Oxford (2001)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3907 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


Britain and the British Empire, 18th and 19th c.
Cultural History
Cultural history of warfare and violence
Memory and Commemoration
Histories of Visual Culture, Collecting, and Archaeology


Massacres: The Culture of War and Culture Wars in Colonial and Revolutionary America

Polite Society and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England

History Honors Seminar (Research & Writing)

Empires in World History

Graduate Writing Seminar

British Empire

Professor Hoock is happy to hear from prospective graduate students with interests in British and British imperial history, especially in the period c.1700–1850

Selected Publications

Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850 (London: Profile Books, 2010); xxx + 514 pp.

The King’s Artists: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture, 1760-1840 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003; paperback 2005); xviii + 368 pp.

“Mangled Bodies: Atrocity in the American Revolutionary War,” Past & Present 230:1 (2016), 123–59.

“Rape, ius in bello, and the British Army in the American Revolutionary War,” Journal of Military Ethics, 14:1 (2015), 74–97.

“Struggling Against a Vulgar Prejudice”: Patriotism and The Collecting of British Art at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century, Journal of British Studies, 49:3 (2010), 566–91.

"The British State and the Anglo-French Wars Over Antiquities, 1798-1858,” Historical Journal, 50:1 (2007), 1–24.


Visiting Professor, University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany (2015) Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellows, Massachusetts Historical Society (2012)

New York Public Library Research Fellow (2012)

Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Konstanz (2010)

Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress (2009)

Visiting Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2007)

Philip-Leverhulme-Prize in History (2006)

Proxime accessit, Whitfield Prize, RHS, for The King’s Artists (2004) Fellow, Royal Historical Society (2004)

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-5)


Editor, Journal of British Studies

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth.

A narrative history of the practices and representations of violence in the American Revolution and Revolutionary War (under contract with Crown/Penguin Random House).