Raymond F. Hopkins is Richter Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. He has served as Chair of the Department [1983-84; 1997-1990] and as Director of the Public Policy Program at Swarthmore [1989-1996]. Professor Hopkins is the author or co-author of six books and over fifty articles in journals and books. At age 60 he is married, has two grown children and lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Professor Hopkins has taught courses on international politics, African politics and food policy since the 1970s. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania and held faculty research appointments at Harvard University, Stanford University and the Universities of Indiana, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. His research has been on global food issues, food aid, international organizations economic development and political economy in the United States, industrial countries and selected African countries.
Awards and Grants. Phi Beta Kappa, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.), Fulbright Distringuished Chair (Italy); grants from the SSRC, NEH, National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation, Heinz Endowment and the American Philosophical Society. At Swarthmore, he has prepared successful grants for the College's academic programs and research from the Agency for International Development, the Kellogg Foundation, the Pew Faculty Fellowship and the Hewlett Foundation. He has been listed in Who's Who in the United States since 1985. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio State University and Yale University, M.A., 1965, Ph.D., 1968.
Experience. Professor Hopkins has been a consultant to the State Department, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Association, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the World Bank. He led a UN appraisal mission for WFP to Bhutan in 1996. He prepared, under the guidance of the Executive Director of WFP, a report on the "WFP in the 1990s" which was submitted to their governing body (CFA) as a plan of action for reorganizing and redirecting the work of the Programme. In 1991-92 he worked at the World Bank as a special consultant on a project on food security in Africa. In 1988-90 he was responsible for a series of workshops held at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, the Overseas Development Council, the Xerox Educational Center and Swarthmore College which helped shape legislation reforming the United States' food aid in the 1990 Farm Bill.
Professor Hopkins has testified before Congress on four occasions on problems of foreign policy and international food aid. He has placed over 100 undergraduate students in internships dealing with policy in the United States and overseas. He has travelled extensively to conferences or for research purposes. Among the countries in which he has conducted research are Belgium, Bhutan, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Phillipines, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Leadership. He served as a faculty member of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers (Property Committee), as Ruling elder of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (two terms), on the Swarthmore Swim Club Board, the Sprucewold Association -- a property owners group in Maine (President 1991-94), and the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association (1992-94).
Other volunteer and service experiences include two terms as President of the Swarthmore Democratic Committee; volunteer aide to the Yale Psychiatric Institute; Student Pastor at Newfield Methodist Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Asbury Methodist Church, Delaware, Ohio.
May 22, 2001