Elizabeth Cobbs

Award-winning historian Elizabeth Cobbs brings fresh, unexpected perspectives to our understanding of the past and present. Building upon her worldwide research and extraordinary life experiences, Elizabeth writes fiction and non-fiction that is both scholarly and witty. Her path-breaking books and articles reveal a world that is as intriguing and surprising as it is real.

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About the Author


Elizabeth Cobbs (also published as Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman) began writing at age 15. As a community organizer and publications editor for a women's center in Southern California, she organized a variety of innovative projects for young people and adults. For these and other efforts, she won the John D. Rockefeller International Youth Award at age 23, a prize given annually to one young adult worldwide for exceptional service to humanity.

Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in American history at Stanford University, and holds an endowed chair at Texas A&M University. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction. Elizabeth has been a Fulbright scholar in Ireland and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C,. She is now a Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.  From 1999 to 2005, she served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, advising on transparency in government and the declassification of top secret documents.

Her next book, forthcoming in 2016 from Skyhorse Publishing, is a novel based on the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton and his courageous wife Eliza Schuyler. She is co-producer and writer of the upcoming PBS documentary based on her book, American Umpire.




San Diego Book Award (2009)

Director's Mention, Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction (2009)

Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians (1988)

Stuart Bernath Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (198