Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D. is a journalist and schola. In addition to publishing essays, features and books, she does applied community projects that often explore the arts, gender, place & identity as a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. 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 which was anthologized in Best Sex Writing 2006. She has published essays and long-form journalism in The Washington Post and The Root where she spent many years as a staff writer, editor and media & culture critic. Her work has appeared as a contributor to Essence magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.com. She previously taught feature writing and cultural reporting at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University’s Master’s 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. Learn more at her website