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Derek Hoff

Derek Hoff is an assistant professor of history at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He specializes in the history of American politics and public policy, economic and business history, and the history of demographic ideas and debates. He grew up in Washington, D.C., received his B.A. from Carleton College, and then worked in advertising for a few years. He earned his is M.A. in History from the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. in History from from the University of Virginia. His first book, “The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policymaking in United States History,” will be published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press. He is married and has no children yet, but he loves babies.


A modest proposal for a new population debate

What caused the disappearances of not only “population bomb” rhetoric but also the milder quality of life critique, asks Professor Derek Hoff.