Brittney Cooper

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Brittney Cooper
EducationHoward University (BA, 2002), Emory University (MA, 2007) (PhD, 2009)
OccupationAuthor, pundit, cultural critic, Public Intellectual
EmployerRutgers University-New Brunswick
Known for[Fighting Racism]

Brittney Cooper is an American author, professor, activist, and cultural critic. Her areas of research and work include black women organizations, black women intellectuals, and hip-hop feminism.[1] In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the's “Root 100,” an annual list of top Black influencers.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Cooper is from Ruston, Louisiana.[1]

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Howard University in May 2002.[1][3] She graduated summa cum laude, was involved in Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Howard's honors program with her senior thesis in English.[3]

After graduating from Howard University, Cooper attended Emory University, where she received her Master of Arts from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in December 2007.[3] She received her Ph.D. in American Studies, in addition to a Women's Studies Certificate, from Emory's Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in May 2009.[1][3]


Cooper currently works as an associate professor of women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.[1][4] She is a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and co-editor of the collection of essays of the same title, which explore intersectionality, African-American culture, and hip-hop feminism.[5][6]

She has also served as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Gender and Race Studies from 2009 to 2012, and she was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University's Center for Race and Ethnicity from 2011 to 2012.[3]

In 2016, Cooper gave a TED talk called "The Racial Politics of Time."[7]


Cooper has written several books

Her first book was Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women, published in 2017 by University of Illinois Press. A book review from National Public Radio (NPR) called Beyond Respectability "a work of crucial cultural study."[8]

Cooper also co-authored and edited The Crunk Feminist Collection (published in 2017 by The Feminist Press at City University of New York) along with Susana M. Morris and Robin M. Boylorn.[9] The book collection received positive acclaim from Publishers Weekly,[10] Kirkus Reviews,[11] Literary Hub,[12] and Ebony.[13] The collection is a series of essays that originated on the blog The Crunk Feminist Collective, which Cooper co-founded.[14]

In 2018, her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower was published by St. Martin's Press.[9] In it, Cooper explores black feminism and anger, specifically the anger of black women, as a basis for revolutionary action.[4]

Cooper also writes articles for Cosmopolitan[15] and Salon.[16]


The Crunk Feminist Collection (2017) ISBN 1558619437

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (2017) ISBN 0252082486

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (2018) ISBN 1250112575


  1. ^ a b c d e Tanjeem, Nafisa. "Cooper, Brittney". womens-studies.rutgers.eduRutgers Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ Noble, Barnes & Noble. "The Crunk Feminist Collection". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e "CV - Dr. Brittney Cooper". Dr. Brittney Cooper. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  4. ^ a b Burnley, Malcolm (June 20, 2020). "Author Brittney Cooper on Harnessing Rage, Right Now". New York Times.
  5. ^ Sanders, Joshunda (May 30, 2017). "Let's Get Crunk: Women in Hip Hop Get A Magnum Opus in "The Crunk Feminist Collection"". Bitch Media.
  6. ^ Kai, Maiysha (March 20, 2018). "Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper Knows the Beauty of the 'Angry Black Woman'". The Root.
  7. ^ Cooper, Brittney (2016), The racial politics of time, TED, retrieved 2018-03-03 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  9. ^ a b " Brittney C. Cooper: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Crunk Feminist Collection by Edited by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn. Feminist, $24.95 trade paper (312p) ISBN 978-155861-943-2". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ THE CRUNK FEMINIST COLLECTION. Kirkus Reviews. 2017-01-01.
  12. ^ "11 Essential Women to Read for International Women's Day (and Beyond) | Literary Hub". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  13. ^ "Write the Power: Four Powerful Must-Reads - EBONY". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  14. ^ "People". The Crunk Feminist Collective. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  15. ^ "Brittney Cooper". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  16. ^ "Brittney Cooper". Retrieved 2018-03-03.

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