David Hochfelder

Specialist in the history of U.S. business and technology

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David Hochfelder

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

History of U.S. business and technology; public history; history of information technology; history of the telegraph; Thomas Edison; electric power; savings and investment

Campus phone: (518) 442-5348
Campus email: dhochfelder@albany.edu


An electrical engineer turned historian, Hochfelder specializes in the history of U.S. business and technology. He also helps administer UAlbany's public history program.

Before joining UAlbany, Hochfelder served as a research historian at the Thomas Edison Papers.

He is the author of The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). His next project will be a social history of savings and investment. He has appeared in two episodes of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" series.