Mark C Hopson

Mark C Hopson

Mark C Hopson


Associate Professor

Intercultural/Interracial Communication & Rhetoric

Mark C. Hopson, PhD is Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University. Also, he is Associate Professor of Communication. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in African American Studies, Intercultural Communication, the Rhetoric of Social Movements, African American Rhetorical Traditions, and Organizational Communication.  

Dr. Hopson earned his PhD in Intercultural Communication from Ohio University, and BA and MA degrees in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

His research and publications include critical intercultural communication; Black communication and African American rhetoric; and the communication of violence prevention.

Dr. Hopson served as Chair of the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association (2017). Most recently he served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Communication (2014 - 2017). 

Previous assignments include Chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division/NCA; Communication Specialist for GMU’s international collaboration to reduce gang violence in Trinidad and Tobago; Committee member for the Police-Community Relations Project at GMU; and Co-director of Campus Climate Committee at GMU. 

Recent awards include the 2016 Community Service Award from the Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; the 2011 Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; and contributor to R. L. Jackson’s (ed.) Encyclopedia of identity (Sage) awarded 2011 Outstanding Resource at the Winter Conference of the American Library Association.

Dissertations Supervised

Ayodeji Otusanya, If You Hadn’t Come To See Me, You Would Probably Be Dead”: Exploring Health Communication and Intercultural Communication Issues Surrounding Pcos (2020)

Ashley C. Thomas, The Millennial Experience in the Black Church: A Mixed Methods Study on Communicating Religious and Racial/Ethnic Identity (2017)