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
Associate Professor — Rutgers University, Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, 2017-present
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
Cooper, Brittney. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, 2017)
Cooper, Brittney C., Susana M. Morris and Robin M. Boylorn. The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press, 2017)
Cooper, Brittney. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s Press, 2018, 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:
“The Critical Matter of Black Lives,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Co-edited with Treva Lindsey. (Forthcoming 2018).
“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).
Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Black Intellectual Thought
Hip Hop: The Birth and Evolution
Black Feminist Thought
Agency, Subjectivity, and Social Change
Hip Hop Generation Feminism
Gender and Media Capstone
Gender and Social Curation
Public Scholarship/Social Commentary:
- Cosmopolitan.com, Contributing Writer (2016 – present)
- Salon.com, Contributing Writer (2013 – 2015)
- “The Women of Black Lives Matter,” Ms. Magazine, Winter 2015. 30-31.
- Crunk Feminist Collective, Co-founder, Blogger
Black Feminist Waymaker and Shapeshifter Award – Black Women’s Blueprint, 2017
Front Page Award for Online Blogs – Newswomen’s Club of New York, 2016
Olga Vives Award – National Organization of Women, 2016
Award for Excellence in Masters Level Instruction – Northeast Association of Graduate Schools, 2016
Darwin T. Turner Award for Best Article in Any Time Period of African American Literature and Culture – African American Review, 2015.