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About Leda M. Cooks

My research interests revolve around power, identity, body and culture, particularly as they are connected to discourse and performance. I generally situate my research in the context of social justice, critical pedagogy and community activism. My work has appeared in feminist, community service learning, communication, education, performance, mediation and development communication journals and in books dealing with topics such as whiteness studies, food studies, meda literacy, intercultural communication, communication education, communication activism, ethics and new media. Of particular concern in my work are the performances and spaces in which bodies are identified and legislated as raced, gendered, classed, etc.


Present Professor, Department of Communication, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award
  • 2012 International Programs Internationalization Grant: $5000 to build partnerships in Brazil
  • 2010 Faculty Leader for Access and Success. Rhode Island Campus Compact/Massachusetts Campus Compact. $2500
  • 1998 Fulbright Fellowship

Contact Information

315 Machmer Hall
240 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545 2895