Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman


  • PhD Student


  • Stanly Godbold Graduate Assistant

I am a first year Ph.D. student from Chanhassen, Minnesota. My primary field of study is the 19th Century American South, with a particular focus on the American Civil War, African American history, and historical memory. In 2020, I graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa with a B.A. in History, and in 2022 I graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with an M.A. in History. While at Old Dominion, my research centered on the American Civil War in recent American memory. From June 2022 to August 2023, I worked as an Archivist/ Legislative Recorder at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee where I processed new archival collections and recorded the proceedings of the Tennessee General Assembly.  

Curriculum Vitae



  • Mississippi State University: Ph.D. (2023-)                                                                                             - Major: American History (The American Civil War)
  • Old Dominion University: M.A. (2020-2022)

- Major: History (United States)

  • Buena Vista University: B.A. (2016-2020)

- Major: History


  • Hoffman, Andrew W., “Military and Conflict.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 81, no. 1 (2022): 66-79
  • Hoffman, Andrew W., "Southerners on New Ground: The Battle for Civil War Memory Since 1993" (2022). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, History, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/pzwj-xe98


Awards and Honors                                                                                                                   Member of the Society for Collegiate Achievement and Leadership                                            The Dean’s List (2018-2020), Buena Vista University  

Coursework of Interest                                                                                                         Historical Theory and Practice          Civil War and Reconstruction                                    African American History                  The American South                                                   American Slavery                                    Development in Civil Rights Movement

Teaching Experience                                                                                                                             Graduate Teaching Assistant, 08/2023 to Current                                                                                   Mississippi State University – Starkville, MS

  • Lead classroom discussion sections.
  • Assist faculty members with classroom instructions, exams, record keeping, and other projects.
  • Prepare presentations for lectures.
  • Grade undergraduate exams and assignments.
  • Answer students’ questions, including meeting with students during designated office hours.
  • Correspond with students via canvas and other related inter-campus communication systems.
  • Mentor students in the classroom.

Research Experience

Archival Assistant/ Legislative Recorder, 06/2022 to 08/2023. 40 hours/week

Tennessee State Library and Archives – Nashville, TN

  • Fully process manuscript collections and state agency records to create research finding aids.
  • Barcode and catalogue archival collections.
  • Prepare preliminary inventories for archival collections.
  • Perform group processing projects as assigned.
  • Put together archival collections for microfilming.
  • Record the proceedings of the Tennessee General Assembly and its committees by independently setting up and operating audio recording equipment to produce digital recordings and simultaneously create log sheets to those recordings.


Graduate Research Assistant, 08/2021 to 08/2022. 20 hours/week

Andrew Lawler – Norfolk, VA

  • Researched the development of Norfolk, Virginia in the early Revolutionary era (1736-1776) to assist Andrew Lawler with book research.
  • Contributed to a professionally written historical monograph for publication.
  • Completed administrative and research duties per Andrew Lawler’s request.
  • Conducted archival research at Old Dominion University archives, William & Mary Special Collections Research Center, and the Library of Virginia to find primary documentation related to the research.
  • Organized, documented, and created organizational strategies to store the primary documents.

Research and Curatorial Intern, 01/2020 to 05/2020. 35 hours/ week.

DACOR Bacon House Foundation – Washington, D.C.

  • Researched, organized, documented, and handled artifacts within the collection.
  • Conducted research at the National Archives concerning the history of the owners and enslaved persons that lived and worked at the DACOR Bacon House.
  • Managed all paper and digital documentation related to the collections and artifacts within the museum.


In The News:

  • Gallagher, Tim. “History Major Excited for Additional Schooling.” Buena Vista University News (Storm Lake, Iowa), April 13, 2020.
  • “Five BVU Students Land Washington, D.C., Internships,” Pilot Tribune (Storm Lake, Iowa), January 15, 2020.
  • Gallagher, Tim. “BVU History Major Records War Artifacts at Home.” Storm Lake Times (Storm Lake, Iowa), July 17, 2019.


Dr. Timothy J. Orr                                                                                                             Associate Professor of History                                                                                          Old Dominion University                                                                                                 MA thesis director                                                                                                           (757) 683-3949                                                                                                       

Dr. Marvin Chiles

Assistant Professor of African American History

Old Dominion University

MA thesis committee member

(804) 502-2934


Dr. Elizabeth Fretwell

Assistant Professor of History

Old Dominion University

MA thesis committee member

(757) 683-3953


Dr. William Feis

Associate Professor of History

Buena Vista University

Undergraduate history advisor and professor


Andrew Lawler

Independent Author and Journalist

Graduate research supervisor

(207) 542- 2707