Derek S. Hoff was born and raised in Washington, D.C. when American politics were still fun. He earned his BA from Carleton College, his MA from the University of Oregon, and his PhD in history from the University of Virginia. A specialist in American business and economic history, he is the author of The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and, with John Fliter, Fighting Foreclosure: The Contract Clause, the Blaisdell Case, and the Great Depression (University Press of Kansas, 2012). He is currently writing a book about the the history of Liebmann Breweries and Rheingold, its iconic New York City–based brand of beer.
Winner of the American Historical Association–Pacific Coast Branch’s 2013 PCB Award for best first book (for The Satte and the Stork).