Dr. Cheryl Hopson
Assistant Professor AFAM
Office: Diversity & Community Studies Building
Dr. Cheryl R. Hopson is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. She received her PhD in English from the University of Kentucky in 2008, and specializes in 20th century African-American and American literature and culture, Third Wave feminism, and generational Black feminisms. Her teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary in scope. Both highlight the interconnections between literature, culture and society, and draw on the disciplines of literary studies, sociology, history, anthropology, and race and gender studies.
Dr. Hopson’s scholarship examines dramatizations of Black mother/daughter relationships, Black women’s mothering experiences, and Black women’s experiences as daughters in the creative and critical productions of African-American women, specifically autobiography and memoir. She is currently engaged in a long-term writing project that juxtaposes the life and writings of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Alice Walker, with those of her daughter, Third Wave feminist writer and intellectual, Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker.
Dr. Hopson has published essays on Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker (“Zora Neale Hurston as Womanist” included in Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston), and on U.S. Black feminist sisterhood (“The U.S. Women’s Liberation Movement and Black Feminist ‘Sisterhood’” included in Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought.). She is a regular presenter at regional, national and international academic conferences on literature, race, gender, and popular culture, such as the Popular Culture Association, the College Language Association; the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, and the National Women’s Studies Association.
A poet as well, Dr. Hopson’s chapbook Black Notes was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Her poems can also be found in the Toronto Quarterly and Border Crossings, and her recent poetry reviews at TheThePoetry.Com and Horseless Press.
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