Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is a writer and 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 explores questions about the arts, cultural identity and place; postcolonial history, gender, and media. She has been a columnist at the Huffington Post and was formerly 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: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance (February 2018, New Press) is a collection of portraits of artist-activists that converge around one contemporary election in the Caribbean. The New Yorker praised its political and cultural examination of the “twin legacies of British colonialism and the sugar trade.” The Hong Kong Free Press named Muzzled a top Human Rights book, and the Independent Publishers’ Association awarded it the 2018 “Spirit Award” gold prize for demonstrating the “courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.”
Her previous works include Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City (2012, Duke University Press) an ethnography and cultural history of black Washington through the lens of its indigenous music, which was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction, and SPIN magazine listed among the year’s top books about music. Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation with Natalie Y. Moore (2006, Cleis Press) was a widely read and critically acclaimed feminist exploration of public narratives about race, gender and sexuality.