The Judge and The Historian

Ramses Delafontaine

Historians as Expert Witnesses Ramses Delafontaine

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

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Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman is the Dwight E. Stanford Chair in U.S. Foreign Relations at San Diego State University. She is a historian and novelist, and the author of several books. Professor Cobbs Hoffman currently writes articles for both scholarly and popular journals, and has served on the editorial boards of Diplomatic History and the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations.

She recently served two terms as a member of the Historical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of State. Cobbs Hoffman has also been a member of the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Her research interests include U.S., European, Third World, and Latin American history. In 2012-2013, Professor Cobbs Hoffman held her third fellowship at Stanford’s Hoover Institution for War, Revolution, and Peace, where she just completed a new history of American foreign relations from 1776 to the present.

Currently, Cobbs Hoffman is an active expert witness in In re: Engle Progeny cases as a witness for the defence. In a deposition pertaining to Rodehaver v. R.J. Reynolds Cobbs Hoffman declared she had made $616,000 as an expert witness for the tobacco industry.[1]


[1]See testimony of Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, June 7, 2012, Rodehaver v. R.J. Reynolds. Westlaw reference: 2012 WL3541153.