Graduate Student Profile Image
Graduate Student History 402-472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall



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 published peer-reviewed articles on extralegal collective violence in the Journal of Digital History, Montana, and Great Plains Quarterly.

Patrick considers digital history a key element in his approach to both research and teaching. In 2021, he launched the Riot Acts project to accompany his dissertation and provide a public resource for exploring the history of extralegal violence in the United States. 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.