Thursday, February 14, 2013
Natalie Hopkinson is a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. A journalism lecturer at Georgetown University, she is co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press, 2006.) She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University in political science, and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Her late 1990s master’s thesis analyzed the first generation of Web-only general audience journalistic publications, including Salon and Slate. She 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. Her doctoral work showed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere at work in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music culture. The book version of her dissertation, “Go-Go Live: the Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City” was published by Duke University Press in May 2012. Her commentary and writing have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, NPR, New York Times, and the BBC.
A married mother of two, she lives in Washington, D.C.
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