Margaret Nettesheim-Hoffmann

Maggie Nettesheim-Hoffmann

Associate Director of Career Diversity for the Humanities Without Walls consortium

Grant Consultant for the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities


Margaret (Maggie) Nettesheim Hoffmann is the Associate Director of Career Diversity for the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) consortium headquartered at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and she is based at Marquette University. As a part of her work for HWW, Maggie is responsible for guiding HWW’s career diversity programming dedicated to transforming graduate education for consortium partner schools and beyond. She is a co-PI (along with Dr. Andrew Kim, Dr. Tim McMahon, and Dr. Theresa Tobin) on a $1.3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HWW to Marquette University in support of HWW’s career diversity work.


She is completing a PhD in United States History at Marquette where she researches the history of American philanthropy, capitalism, and progressive era political discourses critical of private foundation giving. In particular, this work tracks the historical evolution of political conversations impacting the construction of nonprofit sector policy in Wisconsin. Maggie was the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J Fellow at Marquette University in 2017-2018 and was an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow for 2016-2017. She was selected as a 2017 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow and has presented her work at national and international conferences including the American Catholic Historical Association, the Economic History Society, and the Social Science History Association where she received the SSHA’s Tilly Award in 2017. You can follow her work at or on Twitter @VileHistorian.



  • Co-Author, For the Benefit of All: A Fifty-Year History of the Faye McBeath Foundation,Urban Life Series No. 9, editor Thomas J. Jablonsky, Marquette University Press, 2016
  • “A Menace to the National Welfare: The Final Report of the United States Commission on Industrial Relations & the Progressive Era Critique of Philanthropic Foundations,” United States Philanthropy at Home and Abroad: From Civil War to Cold War, editors Ben Offiler and Rachel Williams, Bloomsbury Press [Forthcoming]
  • “The Growth of American Philanthropy during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” The Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States, Adam Matthew [Under Contract]