June 16, 2015

Contact: Katie VanMeter
805-756-1216; kvanmete@calpoly.edu 

Cal Poly History Professor Selected as Scholar at Institute for Advanced Study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly History Professor Matthew Hopper was selected as a fall 2015 scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.  

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading private centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The institute was founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.

Hopper will be based at the School of Historical Studies, one of four schools at the institute, which annually selects about 40 scholars with a substantial record of publication to pursue their research and participate in seminars and meetings. Scholars receive access to its extensive resources, including offices, libraries and housing.

Hopper, who will be on sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year, will join faculty from universities across the globe, including Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Oxford and Yale. He will work on his latest book project, “Liberated Africans in the Indian Ocean World.” 

Hopper was also recently awarded the 2015-16 Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge in England and will travel to Cambridge in January 2016 to continue work on his book. 

Past faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study have included Albert Einstein, who remained at the institute until his death in 1955, and distinguished scientists and scholars such as Kurt Gödel, J. Robert Oppenheimer, George F. Kennan, Hermann Weyl and Clifford Geertz.

— Institute for Advanced Study: https://www.hs.ias.edu/ 
— Cal Poly History Department: http://history.calpoly.edu/
— Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts: http://cla.calpoly.edu/ 

About the Cal Poly History Department

Students in Cal Poly’s History Department acquire multiple perspectives on the complexity and diversity of the past and present while developing effective methods of research. Students learn historian methodologies — the ability to gather, synthesize, analyze and interpret evidence and present conclusions in a lucid and logical manner. These skills are put into practice with the student-produced and award-winning historical journal The Forum and are preparation for a variety of professions.

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