Holger Hoock (b. 1972) was educated at Freiburg, Cambridge, and Oxford. He is a historian of Britain and the British Empire and currently serves as the Carroll J. Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh. His first book, The King’s Artists: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture (OUP, 2003), was runner-up for the 2004 Whitfield Prize in British History. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he was awarded the 2006 Philip Leverhulme Prize in History. He has recently been Visiting Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a fellow of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the Institute of Advanced Study, Konstanz. For more information on his biography, research, and interests see www.holgerhoock.com.