Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., is an award-winning essayist and critical-cultural scholar. She is an assistant professor in the doctoral program in Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies, and a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. Her work asks questions about cultural identity, cities and Diaspora, postcolonial history, gender, and media. She has been a columnist at the Huffington Post and a staff writer, editor and media/culture critic at The Washington Post and The Root. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland-College Park and her B.A. in political science from Howard University. Her most recent book, A Mouth is Always Muzzled (The New Press) was winner of the 2018 Independent Publisher’s Association “Spirit Award” and was longlisted for 2019 PEN America’s Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her 2012 book Go-Go Live (Duke University Press) was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction.