John Hopkins works on physical/visual/spatial experience and the diachronic investigation of cultural and societal shift in the ancient Mediterranean. His book, The Genesis of Roman Architecture, is a study of Roman art and architecture up to the mid fifth century BCE and the effects of early urban and artistic change on the formation of the Republic and the history of Roman art. He has also published articles on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Rome’s first and most enduring colossal temple, and on the creation of the Roman Forum.
Hopkins is co-director of the Collections Analysis Collaborative, a digital research and educational initiative to investigate the provenance and social history of nearly 600 objects from the Ancient Mediterranean in the Menil Collection and to explore how open collaboration between museums and scholars can shed new light on challenges that face art historians, archaeologists and museum professionals in a new era of cultural stewardship. He is also co-director of the 2017-2018 Rice Seminar, Forgery and the Ancient. This year-long think tank brings together eight scholars for collective and independent study on the notions and practices of forgery as it relates to the ancient world. Along with invited speakers and interested faculty, these eight scholars will investigate the topic as part of their own research programs and in anticipation of a conference and collaborative publication on the subject.
As co-director of the program in Museums and Cultural Heritage, Hopkins oversees the administration of the minor, advises students, and is responsible for the development of new inter-institutional projects and opportunities for the program.