James Dennis Hoff

Assistant Professor
English Department

Email: jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N771

Office Hours: T, TH 10-12

Phone: 212-346-8605

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James Hoff received his PhD in English and American Studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2012 and joined the English department at BMCC in 2014. His teaching and research interests range broadly from nineteenth century American romanticism and transatlantic modernism, to modernist culture and contemporary poetics. In addition to composition, James has taught courses across CUNY on the emergence of modern literature, nineteenth and twentieth century American poetry, the American renaissance, sex and sexuality in American literature, journalism, and the literature of New York. His current research focuses primarily on the naturalist and pragmatist underpinnings of modernist aesthetics in a group of influential American poets, including: Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, and A.R. Ammons.

Professor Hoff advises the BMCC Socialist Students Club.


Poetry, American Literature, American Intellectual History


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Selected Articles in Popular Press:

No Power Greater, Solidarity and Struggle at CUNY. Left Voice, September 23, 2018.

The Labor Movement is Dead, Long Live the Labor Movement: A Review of Kim Moodys On New Terrain. Left Voice, March 1, 2018.

CUNY Contract Struggle could Fundamentally Transform the University. Left Voice, November 26, 2017.

Celebrating Defeat. Jacobin, July, 2016.

Sanders May Be All but Finished, but the Fight for a Better Future Is Not.Truthout, April, 2016.

Why we Need Free Public Higher Education Now.Socialist Alternative, September, 2015

Kalief Browder and the American Injustice System. Socialist Alternative, June, 2015.

The Adjunct Wage Gap and the War for the Soul of a Union.GC Advocate, October 2014

Mayor de Blasio's Living Wage Increase Is Too Little for Too Few.Truthout, October 7, 2014

The Economics of Prestige.Inside Higher Education. April, 2014

Are Adjunct Professors the Fast Food Workers of the Academic World?The Guardian. January 24, 2014

Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt, by Mia Grondahl,Warscapes Magazine, December, 2013.

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