Author Photo --Natalie 2018Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is a writer and cultural scholar. She is a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation and an assistant professor in Howard University’s graduate program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. She has been a columnist, media and culture critic, editor and staff writer with the Huffington PostThe Washington Post, and The Root.

Her most recent book, A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance, is set mostly in her parents’ native Guyana. It earned the Independent Publisher’s Association “Spirit Award,” was named among the top Human Rights books of 2018 by the Hong Kong Free Press. (Reviews:

 The New YorkerKirkusChicago TribuneWashington PostNPRForeward magazine and Publisher’s Weekly.)

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Previous books include the acclaimed study of gender in the hip-hop generation, Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press, 2006) with Natalie Y. Moore. Hopkinson’s 2012 book Go-Go Live (Duke Press) was recognized as a top book on music in 2013, by SPIN magazine and nominated for a Hurston/Wright Award for non-fiction.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University, where she earned her B.A. in political science. She also earned a PhD in journalism and public communication from the University of Maryland-College Park.


She tweets under the handle @NatHopkinson . Questions? Email NHopkinson AT hotmail.