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Williamjames Hull Hoffer, J.D., Ph.D.

Williamjames H. Hoffer, J.D., Ph.D.


Department of History


Dr. Hoffer’s research centers on the formation of the U.S. administrative state and attitudes towards bureaucracy.

I teach a number of subjects including legal, economic and military history all with a view towards understanding how governments change and are affected by change with a focus on the United States. As both a lawyer and historian, I combine a number of different techniques not necessarily to find answers, but to start asking good questions. I bring this perspective to my research as well, which concentrates on political and legal history in the modern U.S. though future projects will look earlier. I believe that universities are the greatest contributors to human advancement and am very pleased to be a small part of that effort.


  • Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • J.D., Harvard University Law School, 1996
  • B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 1993

Academic Distinctions

  • Samuel I. Golieb Fellow, New York University School of Law 2001-2002
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1997-2001
  • Arthur O. Lovejoy Honorary Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2001



Office Phone
(973) 275-2184


Office Location
Room 343
Fahy Hall


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