Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D. is a writer whose work explores the arts, public policy and cultural identity. She is a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation and an assistant professor in Howard University’s graduate program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. A former staff writer, editor and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root, she is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Go-Go Live (Duke University Press), and Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press; with co-author Natalie Y. Moore). A Mouth is Always Muzzled, her third book of essays on culture, will be published in 2017 by The New Press. She is co-founder with Marita Golden of the Women Writers of Color brunch group established in 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University, where she earned her B.A. in political science, and the University of Maryland-College Park, where she earned M.A. and Ph.D in journalism and public communication. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. (For recent projects, see her year in review for 2015, 2014 and 2013 .) She tweets under the handle NattyRankins Questions? Email NHopkinson AT hotmail.