Laurie Hochstetler earned a Ph.D. in early American history at the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in history and political science at Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation focused on the practice of religious rituals in Puritan New England. She has a decade of teaching experience at the college level, at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington, and at the University of Virginia. She has received research fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, Massachusetts), the Institute for Historical Research (London, UK), Lincoln College, Oxford, UK, and the University of Virginia. Her work has been published in professional journals and websites, including The New England Quarterly and H-Net. She has presented papers at various professional conferences, including the American Historical Association, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
Dr. Hochstetler enjoys helping her students delve into the exciting world of historical research. She works hard to help her students find connections to the the past and discover areas of personal interest.
Outside of the classroom Dr. Hochstetler is an avid figure skater, and has the bruises to show it. One of her long-term goals is to qualify for the U.S. Figure Skating Adult National Championships. She also enjoys reading and volunteering with animal charities.