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Kristin Hoganson

Connection to Illinois: Hoganson is a history professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Biography: Kristin Hoganson is the Stanley S. Stroup Professor of United States History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, and transnational history.

  • -- Publisher Weekly and Kirkus Starred Reviews, The Heartland: An American History

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction


Selected Titles

Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920
ISBN: 0807857939 OCLC: Chapel Hill :

University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill : 2007.

From curtains to clothing, from around-the-world parties to arts and crafts, this work presents different perspectives on the United States in the world by shifting attention from exports to imports, from production to consumption, and from men to women.

Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars
ISBN: 0300085540 OCLC: New Haven :

Yale University Press, New Haven : 1998.

This book blends international relations and gender history to provide a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. Kristin L. Hoganson shows how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders' desire to wage these conflicts, and she traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war. She argues that racial beliefs were only part of the cultural framework that undergirded U.S. martial policies at the turn of the century. Gender beliefs, often working in tandem with racial beliefs, affected the rise and fall of the nation's imperialist impulse.

The Heartland: An American History
ISBN: 1594203571 OCLC:

Penguin Press 2019

A history of a quintessentially American place -- the rural and small town heartland -- that uncovers deep yet hidden currents of connection with the world. When Kristin L. Hoganson arrived in Champaign, Illinois, after teaching at Harvard, studying at Yale, and living in the D.C. metro area with various stints overseas, she expected to find her new home, well, isolated. Even provincial. After all, she had landed in the American heartland, a place where the nation's identity exists in its pristine form. Or so we have been taught to believe. Struck by the gap between reputation and reality, she determined to get to the bottom of history and myth. The deeper she dug into the making of the modern heartland, the wider her story became as she realized that she'd uncovered an unheralded crossroads of people, commerce, and ideas. But the really interesting thing, Hoganson found, was that over the course of American history, even as the region's connections with the rest of the planet became increasingly dense and intricate, the idea of the rural Midwest as a steadfast heartland became a stronger and more stubbornly immovable myth. In enshrining a symbolic heart, the American people have repressed the kinds of stories that Hoganson tells, of sweeping breadth and depth and soul. --