Kristin Hoganson

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall, MC-466, 810 S. Wright St.
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research Interests

My main interests pertain to U.S. foreign relations history and the history of U.S. empire in the long nineteenth century, stretching through World War I. I have written on masculinity and policy making around 1898, trade and globavore consumption, and U.S. empire more generally. My most recent book, The Heartland: An American History, takes the American heartland as a starting point for tracking histories of border brokering, human mobility, geographic consciousness, imperial piggybacking, and alliance politics. Also of interest: histories of militarism and war, colonialism and globalization, agriculture and the environment, gender and sexuality, and entanglements across empires, as well as food security, material culture, water ways, and animal studies.


Ph.D. Yale University, 1995
B.A. Yale University, 1987

Courses Taught

I teach classes on historical methods and writing, the United States in world context, U.S. foreign relations, the United States in an age of empire, local history in global context, food history, and U.S. nation building through 1877.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies

Recent Publications

Hoganson, K. L. (2019). The Heartland: An American History. Penguin Press.

Hoganson, K. L. (2017). American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: A Brief History with Documents. (The Bedford Series in History and Culture). Boston: Bedford/St. Martins.

Hoganson, K. L. (2017). Meat in the middle: Converging borderlands in the US Midwest, 1865-1900. In Farming Across Borders: A Transnational History of the North American West (pp. 29-63). Texas A&M University Press.

Hoganson, K. (2017). Review: V.R. Mendoza's Metroimperial Intimacies: Fantasy, Racial-Sexual Governance, and the Philippines in U.S. Imperialism, 1899–1913. Canadian Journal of History, 52(1), 189-190.

Hoganson, K. (2016). The Imperial Politics of Sweetness. Diplomatic History, 40(2), 359-362.

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