Dr. Cheryl R. Hopson is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. She 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, and highlight the interconnections between literature, culture and society, drawing on the disciplines of literary studies, race and gender studies, Black feminist theory, sociology, history, anthropology, and family studies.
Dr. Hopson’s scholarship examines dramatizations of Black mother/daughter relationships, Black women’s’ mothering experiences, African American family dynamics, and the establishment of Black and Black-identified feminist subjectivities. She is currently engaged in a long-term book project on Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Alice Walker, and Walker’s daughter, Third Wave feminist writer and intellectual, Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker.
Dr. Hopson’s publications include: “Zora Neale Hurston as Womanist” in Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston, “The U.S. Women’s Liberation Movement and Black Feminist ‘Sisterhood’” in Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought; “Alice Walker’s Womanist Maternal” in Women’s Studies, and “The Shifting Selves and Realities of Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker in Watchung Review.
She is a regular presenter at regional, national and international academic conferences on literature, race, gender, and popular culture, such as the College Language Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the Popular Culture Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association.
A poet as well, Finishing Line Press published her chapbooks Black Notes (2013) and Fragile (2017). She has also published poems in the Toronto Quarterly, Border Crossings, DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced, Wraith Infirmity Muses, Ounwapi Literary Journal. You can find her poetry reviews at TheThePoetry.Com and Horseless Press.