Dr Hopps is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Director of ITIA. His particular interests are in Romantic writing and contemporary popular music. He has been involved in ITIA since he came to St Andrews as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. Prior to this, he was Lecturer in English at the universities of Aachen, Oxford and Canterbury Christ Church and a CRASSH Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
He has published numerous articles on Romantic writing, a collection of essays on the spectral, the spiritual and the supernatural in Byron, a co-edited collection on Romanticism and religion, and a monograph on the singer-songwriter Morrissey. He is currently working with Dr Jane Stabler on a new edition of the complete poetical works of Lord Byron, a volume in the New Directions in Religion and Literature series, entitled Romantic Enchantment: Fantasy, Theology and Affect, a monograph on the levity of Byron’s Don Juan, and another on popular music and radical wonder, entitled The Kitsch Epiphany.