Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Award-winning historian and novelist Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman brings fresh, unexpected perspectives to our understanding of the past and present. Building upon her worldwide research and extraordinary life experiences, Elizabeth writes fiction and non-fiction that is both scholarly and witty. Her path-breaking books reveal a world that is as intriguing and surprising as it is real.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman began writing at age 15 as the Publications Coordinator for a women's center in Southern California, where she organized a variety of innovative projects for young people and adults. For these and other efforts, she won the John D. Rockefeller International Youth Award at age 23, a prize given annually to one young adult worldwide for exceptional service to humanity.

Elizabeth earned a Ph.D. in American history at Stanford University, and now holds an endowed chair at San Diego State University. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction. Elizabeth has been a Fulbright scholar in Ireland and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C, and is currently a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.  From 1999 to 2005, she served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, advising on transparency in government and the declassification of top secret documents. Her next project is a novel based on the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton and his courageous wife Eliza Schuyler, who survived his tragic death and raised their seven children alone.


San Diego Book Award (2009)

Director's Mention, Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction (2009)

Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians (1988)

Stuart Bernath Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (198