Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is an award-winning essayist and criticalcultural 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. Dr. Hopkinson has authored two nonfiction books on culture, Deconstructing Tyrone (co-authored with Natalie Y. Moore, Cleis Press, 2006) and Go-Go Live, (Duke University Press, 2012) which SPIN magazine named a top-10 book on music for 2012. Dr. Hopkinson began her career as a writer and editor in the Washington Post's Style and Outlook (Sunday Opinion) sections and later joined the Post-owned Slate Group as a member of the founding team of editors of the web journal of politics and culture, The Root. A working journalist and adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University's Master in Journalism program, Dr. Hopkinson frequently writes, speaks and consults on culture and education. Her commentary and writing have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.com, NPR, Essence magazine and the BBC. She is also a former staff writer, editor and media/culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root. A Ward 5 resident, Dr. Hopkinson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland-College Park.