Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Joan Hoff, Research Professor of History

Current SemesterJoan Hoff

Spring 2014 Courses:

HSTA 412IH: American Thought and Culture

Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, and by appointment

Office: Wilson 2-163

Phone: 406-994-4395


Research Interests

Legal Status of U.S. Women



PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1966

Select Publications

Faustian Policy American Business Herbert Hoover Law, Gender & Injustice Nixon Reconsidered Sexism and the Law The Coopers Wife is Missing


Faustian Diplomacy: From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush (Cambridge University Press, 2008 ISBN 978-0-521-71404-4)

Too Little, Too Late: Changes in the Legal Status of U.S. Women(New York: Rowman and Littlefield, in press)

The Cooper’s Wife is Missing: The Trials of Bridget Cleary (Basic Books, 2000), 450pp.

The Nixon Presidency, co-edited with Dwight Ink (New York: Center for the Study of the Presidency, 1996), 320 pp.

Voices of Irish Women: Past and Present, co-edited with Moureen Coulter (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995), 285 pp.

Nixon Reconsidered (Basic Books, 1994), 475 pp.; paperback edition, 1995

Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women from the American Revolution to the Present (New York University Press, 1991), 525 pp.; updated paperback edition, 1994

For Adult Users Only: The Dilemma of Violent Pornography in the United States, co-edited with Susan Gubar (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989), 248 pp.

Rights of Passage: The Past, Present and Future of ERA, edited for OAH (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986), 140 pp.

Without Precedent: The Life and Career of Eleanor Roosevelt, co-edited with Marjorie Lightman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984), 266 pp.

Sexism and the Law: A Study of Male Beliefs and Judicial Bias in Britain and the United States, co-authored with Albie Sachs (London: Martin Robertson & Co., 1978; reprinted, New York: The Free Press, 1979), 250 pp.

Herbert Clark Hoover: Forgotten Progressive (Little, Brown and Company, 1975), 300 pp.;reprinted Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1992

Report on the West Coast Women’s Studies Conference (Know, Inc., 1974), edited, 150 pp.

Ideology and Economics: U.S. Relations with the Soviet Union, 1918-1933 (University of Missouri Press, 1974), 192 pp.

The Twenties: The Critical Issues (Little, Brown and Company, 1971), edited, 200 pp.

American Business and Foreign Policy, 1920-1933 (University Press of Kentucky, 1971), 333 pp.