James K. Hopkins
Dedman College 2015
James K. Hopkins, Professor of History in Dedman College, came to SMU in 1974. He received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. At SMU he was chair of the Clements Department of History Department, associate dean for General Education and president of the Faculty Senate. Encouraging education beyond the campus, Professor Hopkins co-founded the Inter-Community Experience Program and was the founding director of SMU-in-Oxford. His honors include the "M" Award, SMU's most prestigious recognition; as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize, Rotunda Teaching Awards, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, Faculty Volunteer Award and on four occasions the Willis M. Tate Award. He was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2001. A long-time advisor to the President's Scholars, he received in April the Faculty Club's Mentor Supereminence Award. Also this spring he was named the inaugural recipient of the Second Century Faculty Career Achievement Award. His publications include two books, A Woman to Deliver Her People: Joanna Southcott and English Millenarianism in an Age of Revolution and Into the Heart of the Fire: the British in the Spanish Civil War. He retires as Professor Emeritus of History.