NATALIE HOPKINSON, Ph.D. BIO   Natalie Hopkinson is a writer and scholar whose work explores the arts, gender, place and cultural identity in the public sphere. She publishes essays and books, as well as designs community engagement projects as a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation, a contributing scholar to Humanities DC, and former staff writer, editor and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root.

Her most recent book, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City,  (Duke University Press June 2012) drew critical acclaim and several honors. They include: SPIN magazine’s Top Ten Music Books of 2012, The Washington Post‘s Best Books about Washington, D.C. and a 2013 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award nomination.  She is co-author with Natalie Y. Moore of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation (Cleis Press) which was anthologized in Best Sex Writing 2006. Her work has appeared as a contributor to Essence magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.com. She has taught cultural reporting and feature writing at the University of Maryland-College Park and Georgetown University’s Masters in Journalism program.

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.