Joan Hoff, was the former executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians and in 1995 was "the editor of the Journal of Women’s History and president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.
Joan Hoff and Tobacco
Dr. Hoff has testified repeatedly in defense of tobacco companies in smokers' personal injury cases against the industry. She typically testifies that addiction and the health hazards of cigarettes were "common knowledge" among the general population dating back to the 1960s. Links to her testimony in court cases are below.
Her many books include Nixon Reconsidered (1994), Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women (1991), For Adult Users Only: The Dilemma of Violent Pornography (1989), Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive (1975), and American Business and Foreign Policy, 1920-1933."  She notes:
- "I also want to single out a few people. Terrie Epstein sent me the original outline regarding the magazine; I later carried that outline to the Rockefeller Foundation. After considerable negotiation and modification, they accepted the proposal. Due to people like Terrie and Marjorie Bingham, who chaired the first Magazine advisory committee, Howard Mehlinger, who served on that committee, the magazine received a solid grounding, Clair Keller, who was then chair of the OAH Committee on Schools and Colleges. Michael Regoli, now Managing Editor of the Magazine, was responsible in a single-handed way for making it from the beginning a relatively inexpensive, in-house operation—but, of course, at much time and expense to himself." 
"Joan Hoff, professor of history at Indiana University and co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History, is a specialist in twentieth-century American foreign policy and politics and in the legal status of American women. She was executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians from 1981 to 1989. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Article Prize and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for the best book on American diplomacy. She is the author of several books including Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women and Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive." 
- Advisory Board, National Security Archive
Hoff's Testimony in legal cases involving the tobacco industry:
- Trial testimony of Joan Hoff, Ph.D., March 13, 1998, in Dunn [Wiley v. RJR Nabisco Holdings Corps.]
- Trial testimony of Joan Hoff, Ph.D., February 23, 2000, in Whitely v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc.
- Trial testimony of Joan Hoff, Ph.D., September 27, 2001, in Tompkin v. American Brands, Inc.
- Trial testimony of Joan Hoff, Ph.D., August 16, 1996, in Rogers v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
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