Intercultural/Interracial Communication & Rhetoric
Mark C. Hopson holds a Ph.D. in intercultural communication (Ohio University) and M.A. and B.A. degrees in organizational communication (Western Michigan University). His main areas of expertise include critical intercultural communication; the rhetoric of race, culture, and gender; and the communication of violence prevention education. Courses taught include intercultural communication; organizational communication; persuasion and the rhetoric of social movements; and Black communication and identity.
Dr. Hopson’s publications include Notes from the Talking Drum: Exploring Black Communication and Critical Memory in Intercultural Communication Contexts (2011, Hampton Press); and Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Politics of Communicating Race and Gender (2011, Peter Lang).
Dr. Hopson’s research extends his value for teaching and service. He received the Spirit of King Award (2011, Office of Diversity Programs and Services, George Mason University). Also, he served as chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association (2007-2008).
In 2008, Dr. Hopson began facilitating Changing Lives Through Literature (Fairfax County, VA), an alternative sentencing program for men on parole, and juvenile groups. The award winning program has been nationally recognized. In 2007, he was appointed to the leadership committee for the George Mason University Campus Climate Taskforce― an interdisciplinary effort to create safer environments for discourse about cultural difference.
As co-founder of the HPC Leadership Institute, Dr. Hopson facilitates violence prevention education seminars targeting relationship abuse, sexual assault, and harassment prevention. Dr. Hopson believes that cultural and racial sensitivity can lead to social responsibility. He actively promotes communication research that contributes to the health and wellbeing of society.