Dr. Hoffman teaches Early American Literature at Baylor University in Texas and also serves as president of the Washington Irving Society. While earning her Ph.D. at Baylor, Hoffman began an independent study on Irving and wrote her dissertation on his work with a focus on gender. When she graduated, she connected with ALA and began gathering other scholars interested in Irving.
“The great thing about studying someones’ life and work is you never learn everything there is to know,” Hoffman said. “There's always more.”