Thomas Hopkins

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Dr. Thomas D. Hopkins is the dean of the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


  • 1964: B.A. Oberlin College
  • 1971: Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University


  • 1968-73: Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • 1973-75: Full time consultant, Irwin Management Company, Inc., Columbus, Indiana
  • 1975-81: Council on Wage and Price Stability (1975-77: Deputy Assistant Director; 1977-81: Assistant Director; 1981: Acting Director)
  • 1981-84: Deputy Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • 1984-87: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
  • 1987-88: Associate Professor of Economics, The American University, Washington, DC
  • 1988-99: Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics in RIT's College of Liberal Arts
  • 1999- : Dean of the College of Business at RIT

Thomas Hopkins and Tobacco

Thomas Hopkins was one of the 19 members of the Academic Advisory Board of the pro-tobacco junk science report Science, economics, and environmental policy: a critical examination [1] published on August 11, 1994, by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI). AdTI was around that time funded by Philip Morris (see AdTI-Funding).

Both Michael Darby (another member of that group of 19 peer-reviewers) and Thomas Hopkins were also on the 'Academic Advisory Board' of AdTI's Center on Regulation and Economic Growth. Merrick Carey (then president of AdTI) wrote on February 8, 1994 to Philip Morris that they planned to immediately activate their key Advisory Board members for a pro-tobacco campaign. He specifically mentioned their 'Center on Regulation and Economic Growth'.

James Tozzi was the Deputy Administrator of OMB when he left the organization in 1983 after a 20 year career there. Later James Tozzi became heavily involved in pro-tobacco activities for Philip Morris. Hopkins was, as one of several former Deputy Administrators of OMB, until 2002 a member of the advisory board of Tozzi's Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE). [2] Also CRE was sponsored by Philip Morris for their fight against regulations concerning secondhand smoke. According to Tozzi, ".. tobacco companies are no longer contributing to the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness ..". [3]

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