Wilhelm Hofmann studies social and personality psychology, with a focus on everyday self-control, decision making, health behavior, and executive functioning. His research has been published in Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Social and Personality Psychology Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Miller-McCune, and BPS Research Digest, and on the CBC. Furthermore, Hofmann serves on the editorial board of Social Psychological and Personality Science and the European Journal of Personality.
He received the 2009 William Stern Award of the German Psychological Society and the 2010 Distinguished Young Scientist Award (Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award) of the German Science Foundation. He also received several research exchange grants that allowed him to build collaborations at Harvard University; Utrecht University, The Netherlands; and the University of Padova, Italy.
Hofmann earned his MA in psychology and sociology with distinction from Trier University and his PhD in psychology (summa cum laude) from the University of Landau, both in Germany. In 2007, he joined the Social and Organizational Psychology area at the University of Würzburg and held a part-time research and teaching position at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Hofmann joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.