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Patrick Hoehne is a History Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in History, along with a simultaneous second B.A. in German Language and Literature and International Studies. Patrick went on to earn his M.A. in History from Colorado State, focusing on American History and writing his thesis on patterns of violence within the 1863 New York City Draft Riots.

Patrick studies extralegal collective violence between the American Revolution and the end of the Civil War. His research reorders our understanding of extralegal collective violence through an analysis of the linkages and flows created by the associated human beings and their networks. Patrick argues that a deeper investigation into movement, interconnectivity, and exchange is vital to a fuller understanding of the means by which forms of violence are transported across both spatial and temporal ranges. This analytical approach uncovers the hidden “genealogies” behind episodes of violence. His dissertation project reframes a decades-long period of vigilantism not as a series of disjointed flashes, but as an interconnected constellation of human activity.

Patrick has long had a passion for digital history. In 2021, he launched the Riot Acts project to accompany his dissertation. Using maps, network analysis, machine learning and more, the project explores over 2,200 instances of violence in ways not possible through traditional methods alone. He has also served as a GIS specialist and research assistant on numerous other digital history projects throughout his time at Nebraska. His current digital research interests include GIS, machine learning, game design, photogrammetry and 3D modeling.

  • Fling Fellowship-2021-2022
  • Bradley Fellowship, 2021
  • Landis Memorial Award, 2020
  • Woodberry Prize Honorable Mention, 2020
  • Graduate Travel Award, 2020
  • Othmer Fellowship, 2018-2021
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2017
  • Colorado Graduate Grant, 2016-2017
  • Albert and Ann Yates Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Pacesetter Award, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2014
  • Samuel and Mary Castle Memorial Scholarship, 2013-2015
  • The Sidney Heitman Award, 2012
  • Organization of American Historians, 2021 – Led a workshop entitled “Digital Middle Grounds: Learning, Interpreting, and Spatializing Digital Public History.”
  • Organization of American Historians, 2020 – Presented a paper on the 1835 Snow Riot as part of the session “Slavery, Freedom, and Family Networks: New Approaches and Methods.”
  • The Des Moines Civil War Roundtable, 2019 – Invited to present on a spatial analysis of the 1863 New York City Draft Riots.
  • WEST Network, 2017 – Presented on using GIS in research to workshop of faculty and graduate students from Colorado State, Montana State, CU Boulder, and the University of Arizona.