Britain and the British Empire, 18th and 19th c.
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
Society and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England
History Honors Seminar (Research & Writing)
Empires in World History
Graduate Writing Seminar
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
Education & Training
- DPhil, University of Oxford, 2001
- MA, University of Freiburg, 1997
Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth (New York: Crown/Penguin Random House, 2017).
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.
“America’s Violent Birth: The Founding Fathers Were No Strangers to Extreme Polarization, Political Violence, and Intimidation of the Press”, Salon (July 4, 2017)
“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.
Discords of Memory: Justice in the Monumental Landscapes of the American Revolution, 1775-2025
Memory of atrocities