Joan Hoff

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Joan Hoff, was the former executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians and in 1995 was "the editor of the Journal of Women’s History and president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Joan Hoff and Tobacco

Dr. Hoff has testified repeatedly in defense of tobacco companies in smokers' personal injury cases against the industry. She typically testifies that addiction and the health hazards of cigarettes were "common knowledge" among the general population dating back to the 1960s. Links to her testimony in court cases are below.


Her many books include Nixon Reconsidered (1994), Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women (1991), For Adult Users Only: The Dilemma of Violent Pornography (1989), Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive (1975), and American Business and Foreign Policy, 1920-1933." [1] She notes:

"I also want to single out a few people. Terrie Epstein sent me the original outline regarding the magazine; I later carried that outline to the Rockefeller Foundation. After considerable negotiation and modification, they accepted the proposal. Due to people like Terrie and Marjorie Bingham, who chaired the first Magazine advisory committee, Howard Mehlinger, who served on that committee, the magazine received a solid grounding, Clair Keller, who was then chair of the OAH Committee on Schools and Colleges. Michael Regoli, now Managing Editor of the Magazine, was responsible in a single-handed way for making it from the beginning a relatively inexpensive, in-house operation—but, of course, at much time and expense to himself." [2]

"Joan Hoff, professor of history at Indiana University and co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History, is a specialist in twentieth-century American foreign policy and politics and in the legal status of American women. She was executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians from 1981 to 1989. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Article Prize and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for the best book on American diplomacy. She is the author of several books including Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women and Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive." [3]

"Professor of History and Chair of the Baker Institute, Ohio University; former Executive Secretary, Organization of American Historians." [4]

External Resources

Hoff's Testimony in legal cases involving the tobacco industry:

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