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Cheryl Cooky

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Promoted to Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Studies 

Cheryl Cooky completed a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Sport Studies at Miami University, and a B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She teaches courses on sport in American culture, understanding the NFL, feminist theory, and feminist methodologies. 

Dr. Cooky is a past-president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, a member of the National Policy Advisory Board for the Women’s Sports Foundation, and serves as Associate Editor of the Sociology of Sport journal. She has authored numerous op-eds and been quoted by more than 100 national and international news media outlets including The New York Times, The AtlanticHuffington Post, Washington PostForbesGlobe & Mail, The Guardian, and National Public Radio. 

Cooky is co-author of No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change, as well as numerous book chapters. She has published in a diverse array of journals such as Journal of Sex Research, Sex Roles, Gender and SocietyAmerican Journal of Bioethics, Sociology of Sport Journal, among others.