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About Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper (Ph.D., 1991, Ohio University) is an associate professor in the Journalism & Communication department and served as director of the Women and Gender Studies program for 15 years. Cooper's primary research and teaching area is media criticism with an emphasis on diversity issues in media, including representations of gender, race and ethnicity, and sexual minorities. Her research is published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Western Journal of Communication, and Howard Journal of Communications, and others.
Cooper teaches three JCOM courses that focus on diversity: Media Smarts (JCOM 2010) Gender & Mass Media (JCOM/WGS 4410 & 6410), Media Criticism (JCOM 4400/6400). Cooper has received some of the top teaching awards from students "Top Prof" (Mortar Board) and "Outstanding Professor" (Greek Society) as well as the JCOM department's award for Teacher of the Year.
Dogs, running, and yoga are a few of Cooper's favorite things. She has been a runner for over 30 years, and loves to run with her dogs Lulu and Sadie, labs she and her husband rescued.


Present Faculty, Utah State University Journalism and Communication

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Service of the Year Award, Utah State University(2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Journalism & Communication, Utah State University(2000)
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Utah State University(2000
  • American Communication Journal Article of the Year Award nominee, for Hegemony and Hollywood(1999)
  • “Top Prof” Award, USU Mortar Board Society(1998)
  • “Outstanding Prof” Award, USU Greek System(1997)
  • Dissertation Award nominee, Speech Communication Association, Ohio University(1992)

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-3253
Office: Animal Science (ANSC) 319C


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