Dr. Cooper specializes in American politics, public opinion, ideals of citizenship, and sexual orientation.

She has also completed research exploring women’s groups within the Religious Right. Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.A. in politics from Hendrix College. She has co-authored several papers on topics ranging from the Tea Party to rights framing, and has presented her work at the American Political Science, Midwestern Political Science, and Western Political Science Associations’ annual conferences. She is an active member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).