Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Cheryl Cooky

Please join me in congratulating Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, whose research “‘It’s Dude Time!’: A Quarter Century of Excluding Women’s Sports in Televised News and Highlight Shows” has been published in the journal Communication & Sport. The work is a longitudinal analysis of the coverage of men’s and women’s sports in televised news by Professor Cooky and her colleagues, and reveals that coverage of women’s sports continues to hover around 2 to 3 percent. Her research shows that although recent coverage is less focused on sexualized humor related to female athletes, there is more of a tendency to feature them as wives, girlfriends, and mothers as opposed to athletes.

Last month she delivered a paper based on the results at the International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress in Paris. Her research has also been reported in several media outlets, including, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the national media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and the web-based science, research, and technology news service phys.org.

Professor Cooky was also elected to serve as the President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and is the Conference Program Chair for the 2015 annual meeting. The NASSS exists to promote, stimulate, and encourage the sociological study of play, games, sport, and contemporary physical culture.

Congratulations, Dr. Cooky!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts