Maurice Hobson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Historian at Georgia State University. Hobson earned a Ph.D. in history, focusing in African-American history and 20th century U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are grounded in the fields of African-American history, 20th Century U.S. history, African American studies, oral history and ethnography, urban and rural history, political economy, and popular cultural studies. He is the author of "The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta" with the University of North Carolina Press.
Hobson engages the social sciences and has created a new paradigm called the Black New South that explores the experiences of black folk in the American South, with national and international implications, since WWII. For this, he has served as an expert witness in court cases and as a voice of insight for documentaries, films, movies, public historical markers, monuments and museum exhibitions.