Dr Tom Hopkins

Teaching Associate, Department of Politics and International Studies
Bye-Fellow, Selwyn College
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
I am a Teaching Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. I received my PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2011. I held a postdoctoral position at the University of Helsinki, Finland and a lectureship in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London, before returning to Cambridge in 2015.
History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, 1700 to the present. I have particular interests in nineteenth-century French intellectual history, the history of economic thought, and the history of socialism.
I teach primarily in the Politics Department, covering POL 1: The Modern State and its Alternatives; POL 7: History of Political Thought to c.1700; POL 8/10: History of Political Thought, c.1700-c.1890 (Paper Convenor);POL 11: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c.1890. For History, I currently lecture for Part I, Paper 20/ Part II Paper 4.
I do not currently supervise PhD students, but will supervise for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. My MPhil students have covered a wide range of topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, particularly focusing on political and economic thought in Britain, France and Germany, and on the history of socialism.


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Key publications

‘The Limits of “Cosmopolitical Economy”: Smith, List and the Paradox of Peace through Trade’, in T. Hippler and M. Vec, eds, Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth-Century Europe, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 77-91.

‘Pierre-Louis Roederer, Adam Smith and the Problem of Inequality’, in D. Carey, ed., Money and Political Economy in the Enlightenment, (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2014), pp. 201-23.

‘Sismondi on the problems and promise of international trade’, in B. Kapossy and P. Bridel, eds, Sismondi: Républicanisme moderne et libéralisme critique, "Travaux et Recherches de l'Institut Benjamin Constant", (Geneva: Slatkine, 2013), pp. 99-121.

‘Adam Smith on American Economic Development and the Future of the European Atlantic Empires', in S. Reinart and P. Røge, eds, The Political Economy of Empire in the Early Modern World, Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, general editors M. Vaughan and R. Drayton, (London: Palgrave, 2013), pp. 53-75.

Other publications