Modern European history and world history, particularly the intersections between cultural and political history; assassination plots and attacks; revolutions; conspiracy; violence and politics; state attempts to maintain order in the modern age.
Dr Hoffman works on modern European history, with a particular interest in the intersections between cultural and political history. Her research focuses on assassination plots and attacks, revolutions, and conspiracy and, more generally, violence and politics, and state attempts to maintain order in the modern age. She is also interested in the global dimension and connections of these themes in intellectual and world history. Her Cambridge doctoral dissertation examined assassinations in Germany during the long nineteenth century. Her current research projects explore the connection between conspiracy theories and revolutions and counter-revolutions in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe; the spread of revolution in 1917; the age of assassination in Europe; and the broader relationship between politics and violence in modern history.
Dr Hoffman is also a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme-funded five-year project on Conspiracy and Democracy.