Next Generation Black Intellectual
Dr. Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University.
Professor Cooper is a 2009 alumna of the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University with a Ph.D. in American Studies. She is also a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University, with a bachelor's degrees in English and Political Science.
A scholar of Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender in popular culture, Dr. Cooper writes extensively about both historic and contemporary iterations of Black feminist theorizing. Dr. Cooper’s first book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition is under review with a major university press. Race Women excavates the political theorizing of public Black women from the 1890s -1970s with hopes of re-invigorating the theoretical and intellectual project of Black feminism. A self-avowed Hip Hop Generation Feminist, Dr. Cooper also has a forthcoming article on Sapphire's Push as a Hip Hop novel.
Dr. Cooper is co-founder along with Dr. Susana Morris of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a feminist of color scholar-activist group that runs a highly successful blog. Three members of the CFC were recently profiled in Essence Magazine's list of Young, Black, and Amazing women under age 35 (August 2012 issue). The CFC blog was also named as one of the top 25 Black blogs to watch in 2012 by The Root.com and one of the top "Lady Blogs" by New York Magazine in November 2011. The Collective also does speaking tours, conducts workshops, and engages in a range of activist causes related to women's issues. Professor Cooper blogs for the CFC as "Crunktastic."
Recently named to The Root 100--2013, an annual list of top Black influencers, Dr. Cooper is committed to doing accessible public scholarship that respects people inside and outside of the academy as knowledge producers. She is a regular contributor at Salon.com and her cultural commentary has appeared at Ebony.com, TheRoot.com, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TV Guide, Huffington Post Live, Colorlines.com, NPR, and Al Jazeera America.
A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Dr. Cooper considers herself a small-town Southern girl at heart, which explains her affinity for soul food, crunk music, and warm weather.