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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 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.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
- “Apostles of Disorder: Montana Merchants, Vigilantes, and the Interconnectivity of Extralegal Collective Violence,” Montana 72, no. 3 (Autumn 2022).
- “Murderous, Unwarrantable, and Very Cold’: Mapping the Rise of Extralegal Killing in the United States, 1783-1865,” Journal of Digital History 2 (2022).
- ‘“In Union There is Strength’: Claim Clubs, the Law, and the First Murder Case Brought to Court in the Nebraska Territory,” Great Plains Quarterly 40, no. 4 (Fall 2020).
- Riot Acts, Project Lead. Reviewed by Daniel Hutchinson in The Journal of American History 108, no. 4 (March 2022).
- To Enter Africa from America (forthcoming), GRA, GIS Specialist, Network Analyst, Programmer
- O Say Can You See, GRA, GIS Specialist
- Gilded Age Plains City, GRA, GIS Specialist
- Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Emerging Scholar Award, 2022
- Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 2022
- Fling Fellowship-2021-2022
- Bradley Fellowship, 2021
- Landis Memorial Award, 2020
- Graduate Travel Award, 2020
- Othmer Fellowship, 2018-2021
- Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2017
- Colorado Graduate Grant, 2016-2017
- Pacesetter Award, 2014
- Phi Beta Kappa, 2014
- “Blood Flows: Montanan Vigilantes and the Interconnected Genealogies of Violence,” Montana Historical Society, Red Lodge, Montana, October 2022.
- “Digital Middle Grounds: Learning, Interpreting, and Spatializing Digital Public History,” Workshop, Organization of American Historians, virtual, April 2021.
- “In the Shadow of the Capital: Slavery, Violence, and the Law in Early Washington D.C.,” Organization of American Historians, virtual, July 2020.