Louisa Hotson is a historian of the United States. Her research lies at the intersection of intellectual and political history with a focus on the rise of social scientific expertise, the professionalization of American society and changing attitudes towards government. She was a doctoral student at the University of Oxford where she wrote a thesis on the history of the American Political Science profession between 1870 and 1970. She has held a number of fellowships include a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities and a Corpus Christi Senior Scholarship. During 2015 she was a Robert L. Platzmann Fellow at the University of Chicago. She also holds a BA in Politics from Durham University, and a Masters Degree in US History and Politics from the University of London.