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

Brittney Cooper is an author, teacher, 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 in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.[1]

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."[4]


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."[5]

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.[6] 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 was the co-founder of.[11]

In 2018, her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower was published by St. Martin's Press.[6]

Cooper also writes articles for Cosmopolitan[12] and Salon.[13]


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". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "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. ^ Cooper, Brittney (2016), The racial politics of time, TED, retrieved 2018-03-03
  5. ^ "In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ a b " Brittney C. Cooper: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  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". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  8. ^ THE CRUNK FEMINIST COLLECTION. Kirkus Reviews. 2017-01-01.
  9. ^ "11 Essential Women to Read for International Women's Day (and Beyond) | Literary Hub". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ "Write the Power: Four Powerful Must-Reads - EBONY". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ "People". The Crunk Feminist Collective. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  12. ^ "Brittney Cooper". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  13. ^ "Brittney Cooper". Retrieved 2018-03-03.