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 richard s. hopkins, phd, assistant professor,

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Richard S. Hopkins PhD, MA, BA

Assistant Professor

  • PhD European History 2008

    Arizona State University (AZ)

  • HIST 101 and 102 Western Civilization II (1300-1815) and III (1815-Present)

  • HIST 326 Gender in European History

  • HIST 328 The French Revolution and Napoleon

My research interests include urban space and urban populations with a particular focus on the human/environment relationship, urban planning and social geography, and transnational exchange and adaption of ideas about nature and cities.

I am working on two research projects: One examines the assignation of meaning to and responsibility for public space through an examination of a particular park location that became a suicide destination in fin de sicle Paris. The other work considers Franco-British greenspace design and exchange from 1660–1880.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University, 2014–2015

  • Michael A. Steiner Award, Best Dissertation, Arizona State University, 2009

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), SSRC-ACLS, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Hopkins, Richard S. Planning the Greenspaces of Nineteenth-Century Paris. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, Forthcoming in May 2015.

  • Hopkins, Richard S. "Sauvons le Luxembourg: Urban Greenspace as Private Domain and Public Battleground, 1865–1867." Journal of Urban History 37, no. 1 (2011): 43–58. Translated and published in China by the Institute of History Studies at Tianjin Academy of Social Science Press, Chengshi shi yanjin [Urban History Research] 27 (2011): 78–95.

  • Hopkins, Richard S. "From Place to Espace: Napoleon III's Transformation of the Bois de Boulogne." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History Conference 31 (2003): 197–211.

American Historical Association (AHA), Western Society for French History (WSFH), Urban History Association (UHA), SFHS