Michael Hotchkiss joined the Office of Communications in 2010 as social sciences writer. In that role, he gets to tell a wide range of stories about the research and teaching missions of the University, with a special focus on the social sciences. He has written about research on everything from the history of alchemy to child health to the Chinese housing market. He is also acting University spokesperson, working as part of the media relations team to share the University’s story through the media.
He collaborates with colleagues to tell stories through words, photos, video, infographics and animations. Regardless of the form, all his stories begin with people — faculty and students with a passion for their work and for service. Before joining Princeton, Michael worked as a U.S. news editor for the Wall Street Journal, but he got his start at his hometown weekly paper in Mississippi. Thanks to that experience, he can cover high school football, develop film and toss a newspaper from a speeding van with impressive accuracy. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri.