John Hopkins

Associate Dean of Students

Director, The Diversity and Equity Center

Adjunct, Social Justice

Fields: Social Justice, Contemporary Issues in Political Theory, Justice and American Indian Experience, and Communication and Identity.
B.A., Seattle University; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., University of Washington;
Office of Student Affairs

Old Main 312
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


John currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students/Director of the Diversity and Equity Center in the department of Student Affairs of Saint Martin's University.  He sponsors service immersion programs that emphasize social justice education and advocacy; facilitates faculty and staff seminars that focus on multicultural education and critical pedagogy; and offers a variety of diversity-related workshops, trainings and programs that support students and encourage dialogue. 

John and his partner, Regina, are proud parents to Zack, 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.

Professional association/membership

  • Philosophy of Education Society
  • American Educational Research Association

Areas of interest

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