Brittney C. Cooper, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts,
Program in American Studies, May 2009
Women’s Studies Certificate, May 2009
Master of Arts, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, December 2007
Bachelor of Arts, English; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Program Graduate with Senior Thesis in English, May 2002
Assistant Professor — Rutgers University, Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, 2012-Present
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow—Rutgers University, Center for Race and Ethnicity, 2011-2012
Assistant Professor—University of Alabama, Department of Gender and Race Studies, 2009-2012
Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition
This interdisciplinary book project uses the theoretical tools of Black feminist theory to interrogate the rise of public black women intellectuals beginning in the Woman’s Era of the 1890s. Centered on the work of women like Anna Julia Cooper, Fannie Barrier Williams, Mary Church Terrell, Pauli Murray, and Alice Walker it interrogates the ideological and material conditions under which Black women came to see themselves as knowledge producers and intellectuals, paying particular attention to their organizational work, autobiographies, speeches, and fiction. (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Maybe I’ll Be a Poet, Rapper”: Hip-Hop Feminism and Literary Aesthetics in Sapphire’s Push” – African American Review (Spring 2014)
“The Stage Hip Hop Feminism Built: A New Directions Essay,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol. 38, No. 3 (Spring 2013): 721-737 [co-authored with Aisha Durham and Susana Morris]
“A’n’t I A Lady?: On Race Women, Michelle Obama, and the Ever-Expanding Democratic Imaginary” MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.), Winter 2010, Vol. 35, No.4
“Does Anyone Care About Black Women?” Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Volume 12, No. 2 (2014): 153-155
“Percussive Feminism: Theorizing the Beat as Praxis for Hip Hop Generation Feminism” (under review)
Book Chapters (Refereed):
“Intersectionality,” The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, eds. Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Ditsch (New York: Oxford University Press 2015).
“Big Girls Need Love, Too: Dating While Fat (And Feminist)” Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century, ed., Shira Tarrant. New York: Routledge, 2015.
“Louisiana’s Race Women: Cora Allen, the Calanthean Temple, and the Tradition of Black Female Leadership in Shreveport, LA, 1899-1935” in Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2, eds. Shannon Frystak and Mary Farmer-Kaiser (forthcoming from University of Georgia Press)
“Talking Back and Taking My Amens With Me: Tyler Perry and the Narrative Colonization of Black Womanhood.” Feminist and Womanist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions. eds. Carol B. Duncan, LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant and Tamura Lomax (Palgrave MacMillan 2014)
“‘They Are Nevertheless Our Brethren’: The Order of Eastern Star and the Battle for Women’s Leadership,’” “All Men Are Free and Are Brethren”: Prince Hall Fraternalism and the Rise of a People, eds. Peter Hinks and Steven Kantrowitz (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).
“Nipplemania: Black Feminism, Corporeal Fragmentation and the Politics of Public Consumption” with Kimberly Wallace-Sanders in Women in Popular Culture: Representation and Meaning, ed., Marian Meyers. Cresskill: Hampton Press, 2008.
“Excavating the Love Below: The State as Patron of the Baby Mama Drama and Other Ghetto Hustles.” In Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip Hop Feminist Anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Pough, Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham, and Rachel Raimist, 320-344. Mira Loma: Parker Publishing, LLC, 2007.
“Fierce Ones: A Review of Sheri Parks Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture.” Ms. Magazine, Spring 2010.
Book Chapters (Under Review):
“You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down: Rihanna, Rape, and Repression,” (co-authored with Susana Morris). Black Popular Culture Studies edited by Treva Lindsey, Mark Anthony Neal and David Leonard.
Special Journal Issues:
“Black Feminisms,” The Black Scholar. Co-edited with Treva B. Lindsey, Joan Morgan, Tanisha Ford, and Kaila Story. (Volume 45.1, Forthcoming 2015).
“Hacking the Black/White Binary,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Co-edited with Margaret Rhee (UC Berkeley). January 2015.
But Some of Us Are Brave (2nd Ed.) edited by Akasha Hull, Barbara Smith and Patricia Bell-Scott (New York: The Feminist Press, 2015).
Public Scholarship/Social Commentary:
“The Women of Black Lives Matter,” Ms. Magazine, Winter 2015. 30-31.
Salon.com, Contributing Writer — I am a regular contributor at Salon.com, where I write a weekly article at the intersection of race and politics.
Crunk Feminist Collective: co-founder, blogger www.crunkfeministcollective.com — I’ve written over 85 original posts for the CFC. The Collective was a 2013 Ms. Foundation People’s Choice Award nominee. It was named a top feminist blog of 2011 and a top Black blog of 2012, and serves a monthly readership of 75,000-100,000 readers.
“Mr. President, Stop Throwing Black People Under the Bus” February 18, 2013.
“[ENOUGH] Black Girls: Caught in the Crossfire” March 19, 2013. http://www.ebony.com/news-views/enough-black-girls-caught-in-the-crossfire-453/2#axzz2Xnk4WJbj