Will Holub-Moorman


Will Holub-Moorman studies the political, legal, and social history of the modern United States. His dissertation project examines the relationship between welfare policy, family law, and social scientific understandings of child poverty in late-twentieth-century American governance. In particular, it explores the expansion and federalization of child support enforcement and related legal infrastructures that defined and policed the obligations of parents whose children received welfare. At Princeton, Will is a coordinator of the Modern America Workshop. Since 2021, he has been a Digital Fellow at the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Will received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard in 2016. His senior thesis, which examined the interplay between psychological expertise and popular initiatives to reform American children’s experience of Hollywood cinema during the interwar period, was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. Before arriving at Princeton, Will worked as a travel writer and as a high school history teacher.

Year of Study
Third Year
Area of Interest
(In alphabetical order)
Gender & Sexuality
History of Childhood
Intellectual History
Legal History
Political History
Race & Ethnicity
Social History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
20th Century
United States