Biography

N. E. H. (Natalie) HULL was born in New York City in 1949. Her parents were William Hull, a CPA, and Irene Gleicher Hull, an administrative assistant in the New York City schools system. Her maternal grandparents, Philip and Molly Gleicher, immigrants from Russia, owned furniture and carpet stores in Brooklyn. Her paternal grandfather, William Holzwasser, was born in New York City in 1858 and worked as a diamond auctioneer before opening a furniture store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan with his two brothers. He married Leah Glazer, the daughter of a Civil War veteran, in 1883. From the age of five Natalie studied music at the Juilliard preparatory program and graduated from the High School of Music and Art in 1966. For a brief time she studied opera at Indiana University. Professor Hull received her B.A. summa cum laude from Ohio State University, a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and Villanova University. She taught for nearly thirty years and was a Distinguished Professor of Law and a member of the graduate faculty in history at Rutgers University at Camden.
As of January 1, 2016 she retired and is now Distinguished Professor Emerita and has moved permanently to Athens, GA. While she continues to research and write legal and women's history, she has returned to her first love: music. She is now taking voice lessons again (after a nearly half century lapse) at the Community Music School at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Her teacher is the UGA doctoral student Ms. Rachel Eve Holmes.
Natalie has published widely in the field of legal history and was awarded the Erwin Surrency Prize by the American Society for Legal History in 1990 and the Scribes Book Award in 1997. Her most recent books are The Federal Courts: An Essential History (Oxford University Press) The Woman Who Dared to Vote: The Trial of Susan B. Anthony (University Press of Kansas), Roscoe Pound and Karl Llewellyn: Searching for an American Jurisprudence (University of Chicago Press), co-author of Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History (University Press of Kansas), and Female Felons: Women and Serious Crime in Colonial Massachusetts (Univ. of Illinois Press), and coauthor of The Supreme Court: An Essential History (Univ. Press of Kansas); Impeachment in America (Yale Univ. Press), and Murdering Mothers: Infanticide in England and New England, 1558–1803 (New York Univ. Press). She is also co-editor of the book series Landmark Law Cases and American Society.
Natalie has been married to the distinguished historian Peter Charles Hoffer for nearly forty-seven years. They have two sons, Williamjames Branwell Paine Hull Hoffer, a history professor at Seton Hall University, and Louis Micah Gareth Hull Hoffer, an urban and transportation planner. Natalie is an avid hockey fan, reads mysteries and loves her weekly mahjongg game.