Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D is a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation, where her policy focus has included the arts, culture, engaging urban communities, education, gender and sexuality. She 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. 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. 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. She is also a working journalist and adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Masters in Journalism program, and 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 lives with her family in Washington, D.C. Visit her at http://www.nataliehopkinson.com.