About Dean Holger Hoock

Associate Dean Holger Hoock


As Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Holger Hoock provides oversight of PhD, MS, MA, and MFA programs and degrees in 30 departments and in interdisciplinary programs across the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, including joint programs with the Schools of Medicine and Law and Carnegie Mellon University.

Working closely with department chairs and program directors as well as the Dietrich School’s Graduate Council, Dean Hoock offers leadership on graduate recruitment, admissions, retention, and degree completion, curricula, program development and assessment, as well as funding.

Hoock leads efforts to strengthen the professional development and career preparation of graduate students and the tracking of alumni career outcomes, as well as initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion in our graduate student population.

A first-generation college and graduate student, Hoock (b. 1972) studied history, political science, and law at the Universities of Freiburg, Germany, and Cambridge, U.K., and earned his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford, U.K., in 2001. He also taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool, before moving to the J. Carroll Amundson Chair in British History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has an affiliated appointment in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

A prolific scholar, Hoock’s publications include three monographs: Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth (New York, 2017); Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750–1850 (London, 2010); The King’s Artists: The Royal Academy of Arts: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture, 1760–1840 (Oxford, 2003). From 2014 to 2017, Hoock edited the interdisciplinary Journal of British Studies. He serves on multiple editorial boards and has consulted for museums, galleries, and TV. An elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Hoock has held numerous international fellowships, including at the Library of Congress, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Freiburg and is the recipient of the UK’s Philip-Leverhulme-Prize for internationally recognized young researchers (2006).