Derek Hoff is an associate professor and lecturer in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. His first book, “The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History” (University of Chicago Press, 2012), won the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch’s 2013 award for best first book. With Jon Fliter, he is also the author of “Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression” (University Press of Kansas, 2012). Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, in 2014, Dr. Hoff was an associate professor of history at Kansas State University. He earned his B.A. from Carleton College, his M.A. from the University of Oregon, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.
Are We Too Many?: The Political Economy of Population in the Twentieth-Century United States
Hoff’s dissertation discussed a history of the population debate in the modern United States. In particular, it focused on the subset of that debate that focuses on the interrelationship between demography and the economy. Most histories of “population” in America center on cultural and ethnic questions such as the early-century eugenics movement and the nation’s recurrent anti-immigrationism. Hoff’s study returned the economic-demographic debate to the center of not only the course of population thought and policy, but also the larger American political economy.