James Dennis Hoff

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Associate Professor

EMAIL: jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-771

Office Hours: M,W 10-1130AM

Phone: +1 (212) 346-8605


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. Professor Hoff 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. He has published and has work forthcoming in the CEA Critic, the Wallace Stevens Journal, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. His current research focuses primarily on the life and work of the American poet Langston Hughes and his relationship with the Communist Party in the 1930s.


Poetry, American Literature, American Intellectual History, John Dewey, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A, 2001
  • Graduate Center, CUNY, PhD, 2012

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Professor Hoff’s current research examines the life and work of the American poet Langston Hughes and his connections to the International Workers Order and the Communist Party, USA. This research is part of a larger project on the life, poetry, and politics of Langston Hughes in the 1930s.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Contributing Editor to Left Voice Magazine
  • Nominated for BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award, 2019

Additional Information

Selected Journalism

New York Unions Come Out Against Single-Payer and Finance Reform Bills. Left Voice, May 6, 2019.

Elizabeth Warren Says She Wants to Make College Debt-Free, But Can She Deliver? Left Voice, April 26, 2019.

UAW Sells Out Graduate Workers at Columbia with No-Strike Pledge. Left Voice, November 25, 2018.

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 Moody’s 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.