As Lead Writer, Katie Hoeppner serves as the ACLU of New Mexico’s chief storyteller and content creator. Prior to joining the ACLU, Katie earned a Master of Arts in anthropology (ethnology) at the University of New Mexico, where she focused on the anthropology of law, security, and tourism. As part of her degree, she conducted original ethnographic field research in the capital city of Oaxaca, Mexico investigating the negative, and at times violent, social effects of placing tourism at the center of the state’s economic development strategy.
Before graduate school, Katie worked for five years in New York City in the fields of digital media communications and video production, including documentary, cable, and web story production. A passionate believer in the tremendous power of writing to promote social justice, Katie is dedicated to protecting and advancing civil rights and liberties in New Mexico by sharing the stories of those whose rights have come under attack and by critically assessing public policies and practices that violate such rights.