Cheryl Cooky

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American Studies // SIS // Faculty
Interdisciplinary Studies // Faculty

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  • Cheryl Cooky is an Associate Professor of American Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California in 2006. Cooky’s scholarship is interdisciplinary, situated at the intersections of sociology, kinesiology (sociology of sport), media studies, and women’s/gender studies. Her research centers on the ways gender shapes experiences, cultural meanings, and societal structures in sports. Her work offers ways of understanding voices of freedom and responsibility, voices of authority and power, voices of prejudice and ignorance, voices of hope and possibility, and even voices of silence.

    Cooky’s research has been published in Communication & Sport, Feminist Studies, the Journal of Sex Research, the American Journal of Bioethics, Sociology of Sport Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and in many edited books and anthologies. Recognized by The Feminist Wire as a “Feminist We Love” and as a recipient of the Title IX Distinguished Service award, conferred by Purdue for her research on girls and women’s sport, Cooky demonstrates a strong commitment to the public translation of her research. She collaborates with several women’s/ sports advocacy organizations leveraging her empirical research towards policy ends, including the Women’s Sports Foundation’s National Policy Advisory Board. She has also appeared on National Public Radio, HuffPost Live, in Fortune Magazine, The Globe & Mail, as well as other local, national and international news media outlets.

    Cooky teaches courses on gender and sexuality in sport; gender in media and popular culture; sport in American culture; feminism in/and popular culture; and feminist theory and feminist methodologies. In her spare time, she enjoys running with her Rhodesian ridgeback Payton and her chocolate lab, Wrigley, playing golf, and practicing yoga. 

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