Joseph N. Cooper
Ph.D., Kinesiology, Sport Management and Policy, University of Georgia
M.A., Exercise and Sport Science, Sport Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Recreation Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Expertise:
Gender and Race in Sport
Racism and Other Forms of Oppression
Dr. Cooper joined the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut in August 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Cooper served as an instructor and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia while completing his doctorate. Dr. Cooper’s research agenda focuses on the nexus between sport, education, race, and culture with an emphasis on sport as a catalyst for holistic development and positive changes in society. He is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Cooper is also the founder of Collective Uplift (CU), an organization designed to educate, empower, and inspire students across racial and ethnic backgrounds at UConn (and the world) to maximize their full potential as holistic individuals both within and beyond athletic contexts (CU Video Link: http://youtu.be/gIj9N_M_URI).
Selected Media Content:
Video 1: https://youtu.be/Vs_8XQJKtjU
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgYb-PvrGiY
Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10hXihre2Vk o (2:33:17-2:36:00 and 2:40:00-2:50:00)
URL 1: http://education.uconn.edu/2015/11/20/university-of-missouri-athlete-activism-dispels-the-myth-of-a-post-racial-u-s-society/
URL 3: https://theundefeated.com/features/unc-symposium-complexity-and-comfort-of-black-athlete-philanthropy/
Audio 1: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h4_usgZzZ1E
URL 4: https://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/takeaknee-symbolic-economic-activism-real-black-power-salute/
URL 5: https://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655
URL 6: https://theconversation.com/dj-durkins-firing-wont-solve-college-footballs-deepest-problems-106118
Cooper, J. N. (2019). From exploitation back to empowerment: Black male holistic (under)development through sport and (mis)education. New York, NY: Peter Lang. https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/68803?format=PBK
Cooper, J. N., Corral, M. D., Macaulay, C. D. T., Cooper, M. S., Nwadike, A., & Mallery, M., Jr. (2018). Collective uplift: The impact of a holistic development support program on Black male former college athletes’ experiences and outcomes. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2018.1522011.
Cooper, J. N. (2017). Strategic navigation: A comparative study of Black male scholar athletes’ experiences at a historically Black college/university (HBCU) and historically White university (HWU). International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2017.1379617
Cooper, J. N., Macaulay, C., & Rodriguez, S. (2017). Race and resistance: A typology of African American sport activism. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. p. 1-31. DOI: 10.177/1012690217718170
Cooper, J. N. (2016). “Focus on the bigger picture:” An anti-deficit achievement examination of Black male scholar athletes in science and engineering at a Division I historically White university (HWU). Whiteness & Education, 1(2), 109-124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23793406.2016.1272627
Cooper, J. N. (2016). Excellence beyond athletics: Best practices for enhancing Black male student athletes’ educational experiences and outcomes. Equity & Excellence in Education, 49(3), 267-283. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10665684.2016.1194097
Cooper, J. N., & Cooper, J. E. (2015). “I’m running so you can be happy and I can keep my scholarship:” A comparative study of Black male college athletes’ experiences with role conflict. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 8, 131-152.
Cooper, J. N., & Dougherty, S. (2015). Does race still matter?: A post bowl championship series (BCS) era examination of student athletes’ experiences at a Division I historically Black colleges/university (HBCU) and predominantly White institution (PWI). Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 8, 74-101.
Cooper, J. N., and Hall, J. (2014). Understanding Black male student athletes’ experiences at a historically Black university: A mixed methods approach. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, (ahead of print). DOI: 10.1177/1558689814558451
Cooper, J. N., & Hawkins, B. (2014). An anti-deficit perspective on Black male student athletes’ educational experiences at a historically Black college/university. Race, Ethnicity and Education. DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2014.946491.
Cooper, J. N., Cavil, J. K., & Cheeks, G. (2014). The state of intercollegiate athletics at a historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Past, present, & persistence. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 7, 307-332.
Davis, T. D. & Cooper, J. N. (2014, Spring). Embracing intersectionality in Black male student athletes: A call for holistic support. The Annual Knowledge Community Conference Publication (pp. 49-50). Baltimore, MD: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Cooper, J. N., & Hawkins, B. (2014). The transfer effect: A critical race theory examination of Black male transfer student athletes’ experiences. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 7, 80-104.
Cooper, J. N. (2014). The value of qualitative approaches in the examination of Black male student athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2014.888586
Gawrysiak, E.J., Cooper, J. N., & Hawkins, B. J. (2013). The Impact of Baseball Participation on the Educational Experiences of Black Male Student-Athletes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Race, Ethnicity, and Education.
Hawkins, B. J. & Cooper, J. N. (2013). Gifted Black Athletes’ Intercollegiate Experiences Negate the Dumb Black Jock Stereotype. In T. Grantham, D. Harmon, & M. T. Scott (Eds.), The Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools (pp. 175-186). Waco, TX. Prufock Press, Inc.
Cooper, J. N. (2013). A culture of collective uplift: The influence of a historically Black college/university on Black male student athletes’ experiences. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 6, 306-331.
Cooper, J. N., Gawyrsiak, J., & Hawkins, B. J. (2012). Racial Perceptions of Baseball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 37(2), 196-221
Cooper, J. N., & Hawkins, B. J. (2012). A Place of Opportunity: Black Male Student Athletes’ Experiences at a Historically Black University. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 5, 170-188.
2018 Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) Outstanding Early Career Research Award
2018 50th Anniversary H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center University Faculty Award
2016-2017 UConn Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards Faculty of the Year
2016 Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award – UConn Neag School of Education
2014-2016 Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA) Article of the Year Finalist
Co-Editor – Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA) (2017-present)
Member – International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC) (2018-present)
Member – Journal of Athlete Development and Experience (JADE) (2018-present)
Member – Journal of Intercollegiate Sport (JIS) (2016-present)
Member – Sport Management Education Journal (SMEJ) (2014-2017)
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)