Dr Hopper is a historian of local allegiances during the English civil wars, with particular research interests in Yorkshire, the Midlands and East Anglia. His doctoral research at the University of York examined the extent of support for Parliament in Yorkshire. In 2000 he was appointed project researcher for the Virtual Norfolk Project, a teaching and learning website at the University of East Anglia. In 2003 he moved to the University of Birmingham to take up an AHRC postdoctoral fellowship working with Professor Richard Cust on conceptions of gentry honour in the High Court of Chivalry during the 1630s.
In 2006 he was appointed a ‘new blood’ lecturer in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and teaches on the Centre for Birmingham and West Midland History’s MA programme. He is the author of numerous journal articles and chapters concerning civil war allegiance but he is best known for his monographs ‘Black Tom’: Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2007), and Turncoats and Renegadoes: Changing Sides in the English Civil Wars (Oxford University Press, 2012), see www.le.ac.uk/departments/historical/people/ahopper.