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Cheryl Cooky

Cheryl Cooky

Professor // American Studies // SIS

Professor // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Professor // SIS

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: HEAV G5


Phone: (765) 496-2857


AMST 210: Sport in American Culture

AMST 320: Understanding the NFL

WGSS 601: Feminist Theory

WGSS 602: Feminist Methodologies

"Meet Dr. Cheryl Cooky, Purdue College of Liberal Arts"

CHERYL COOKY is a professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses in three areas: gendered media representations of sport; gender politics of sport and public policies; and how gender shapes sports experiences, cultural meanings, and organizational structures in sports. She is the co-author of Serving Equality: Feminism, Media and Women’s Sports (2022, Peter Lang Publishers) and No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change (2018, Rutgers University Press). Her research is published in a diverse array of journals including Journal of Sex Research, Sex Roles, Gender and SocietyAmerican Journal of Bioethics, Sociology of Sport Journal, among others. Committed to making research accessible to general audiences, Dr. Cooky has authored opinion-editorial articles, appeared as an expert in several documentary films, television and radio programs, and has been quoted in over 100 national and international news media outlets including The New York Times, The AtlanticThe Huffington PostThe Washington PostForbesGlobe & Mail, The Guardian, National Public Radio, ESPN, among others. She is the Editor of Sociology of Sport Journal, the flagship journal of the field and a past-president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.