Saint Martin's University

John Hopkins

John Hopkins

Title and discipline: adjunct professor, communication studies, social justice, sociology; associate dean of students, director of diversity and service initiatives

Contact information
Office location: Trautman Union Building (TUB)
Phone: 360-486-8847
Email: jhopkins@stmartin.edu

Areas of specialization
John teaches courses in the introduction to social justice, contemporary issues in political theory, justice and American Indian experience, and communication and identity.


John is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington studying in the philosophy of education. His research draws from several academic disciplines, such as philosophical hermeneutics, cultural studies, and social and political theory, to critique and inform recent policies in American Indian education. His dissertation specifically addresses the way conversations unfold within colonizing frameworks between mainstream education and tribal communities. Drawing from the Indigenous philosophical literature, he attempts to articulate a distinctive Indigenous political theory that reveals the limits of recent writings in the politics of reconciliation and that propose decolonizing strategies for Native students within public schools.

John and his partner, Regina, are proud parents to Zac, Tristan, and Abigail. A native of the Pacific Northwest, John grew up in Puyallup, WA, where his family now resides.


Select publications

  • Hopkins, John. "Justice and American Indian Education: A Reconciliation Approach." Philosophy of Education Society (2013): 236-245.
  • Hopkins, John. "Maori Education: The Politics of Reconciliation and Citizenship." Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum 2, 1 (2012): 13-21.
  • Hopkins, John. "Education of Indigenous Populations." Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Ed. James A. Banks. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2012. 1177-82. SAGE knowledge. Web. 1 October 2012.
  • Co-authored chapter with James A. Banks, “American Indians: Concepts, Strategies, and Materials,” in Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, by James A. Banks. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2009.

Professional association

  • Philosophy of Education Society
  • American Educational Research Association

Areas of interest (professional / personal)

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophies of Communication
  • Multicultural Theory
  • American Indian Studies

Education: B.A., Seattle University; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington