Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Prof. Holger Hoock, DPhil


portrait Holger Hoock

Carroll Amundson Professor of British History, University of Pittsburgh


2001 D Phil (History), University of Oxford

1997 MA (History and Politics), Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg i. Br.

1994-95 Visiting Student in History, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Academic career history

2011- Carroll Amundson Chair in British History, University of Pittsburgh

2007-2010 Founding Director, Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre, University of Liverpool

2005-2010 (Assistant to) Associate Professor in British History, University of Liverpool

2002-2005 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge

Selected Awards and Honors

2009 Kluge Fellow, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

2007 Visiting Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

2006 Philip Leverhulme Prize for internationally recognized research in History

2004 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2001 Visiting Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, Lewis Walpole Library, and The Huntington Library

Research concentrations

  • Britain and the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Cultural histories of politics, state-formation, warfare, and empire-building
  • Histories of visual culture, collecting, art institutions, museums
  • History of archaeology and the organization of knowledge in the British Empire
  • Public History

Function within the Center

Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (August 2010-July 2011)

Research project “Civil War in the British Empire: Violence and Terror in the American Revolution”

Selected Publications


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

The King’s Artists: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture, 1760-1840 (Oxford Clarendon Press, 2003; paperback 2005); xviii + 368pp. (Oxford Historical Monographs Series). proxime accessit, Whitfield Prize (2004).

Edited Collections

Professional Practices of Public History in Britain, guest-edited special issue of The Public Historian, 32:1 (University of California Press, 2010).

History, Commemoration, and National Preoccupation: Trafalgar 1805-2005 (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2007).

Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters

‘“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.

‘Nelson Entombed: The Military and Naval Pantheon in St Paul’s Cathedral’, in D. Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy (PalgraveMacmillan, 2005), 115-44.

‘Old Masters and the English School: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Notion of a National Gallery at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century’, Journal of the History of Collections (Oxford), 16:1 (2004), 1-18.

‘From Beefsteak to Turtle: Artists’ Dinner Culture in Eighteenth-Century London’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 66:1and2 (2003), 27-54.

‘Reforming Culture: National Art Institutions in the Age of Reform’, in A. Burns and J. Innes (eds.), Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 254-70.