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Brittney Cooper

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Brittney Cooper
Cooper in 2017
EducationHoward University (BA)
Emory University (MA, PhD)
Occupation(s)Author, pundit, cultural critic
EmployerRutgers University, New Brunswick
WebsiteOfficial website

Brittney Cooper is a tenured professor of Women and Gender Studies, 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 Root.com's Root 100, an annual list of top Black influencers.[2]

Cooper is from Ruston, Louisiana.[1]


Cooper currently works as an associate professor of women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.[1][3] 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.[4][5]


Cooper has written three 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."[6]

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.[citation needed] The book collection received positive acclaim from Publishers Weekly,[7] Kirkus Reviews,[8] Literary Hub,[9] and Ebony.[10] The collection is a series of essays that originated on the blog The Crunk Feminist Collective, which Cooper co-founded.[11]

In 2018, her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower was published by St. Martin's Press. In it, Cooper explores black feminism and anger, specifically the anger of black women, as a basis for revolutionary action.[3]


  • 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

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  1. ^ a b c "Cooper, Brittney". Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Noble, Barnes & Noble. "The Crunk Feminist Collection". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Burnley, Malcolm (June 20, 2020). "Author Brittney Cooper on Harnessing Rage, Right Now". New York Times. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Sanders, Joshunda (May 30, 2017). "Let's Get Crunk: Women in Hip Hop Get A Magnum Opus in "The Crunk Feminist Collection"". Bitch Media. Archived from the original on April 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Kai, Maiysha (March 20, 2018). "Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper Knows the Beauty of the 'Angry Black Woman'". The Root. Archived from the original on March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals". NPR.org. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "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". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. ^ THE CRUNK FEMINIST COLLECTION. January 1, 2017. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  9. ^ "11 Essential Women to Read for International Women's Day (and Beyond) | Literary Hub". lithub.com. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Write the Power: Four Powerful Must-Reads – EBONY". www.ebony.com. February 3, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "People". The Crunk Feminist Collective. December 29, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2018.

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