Warren Hofstra


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One of the greatest pleasures I derive from teaching at Shenandoah University is the opportunity to direct the Community History Project of the university and through it introduce students to the excitement and satisfaction of historical research. The Project brings together students, scholars, and citizens who share interests in American history and the history of the Shenandoah Valley.

Professor of History Warren Hofstra, Ph.D., exudes a passion for history. He encourages his students to consider historical documents through critical thinking, exploration and creativity, preparing them to become scholars in their own right. Living history and thinking historically is all about people finding out who they are and where they come from, he said.


B.A. Washington University, St. Louis 1969; M.A. Boston University, 1974; Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1985

Fields of Expertise

The American Frontier, Virginia History, Culture of the Cold War, Vernacular Architecture, American Popular Music

Professional Highlights

Teaching American History throughout the long period during which the Cold War ended and a new world order has been constantly evolving. Publishing books and articles on regional and national history. A Fulbright fellowship for teaching in Germany.

Personal Highlights

Travel to Russia, Ireland, Labrador, Ghana, Germany, or anywhere else in the world I can go. The personal rewards of a life in teaching and scholarship.

American Memory
Collections of photographs and original sources for American history