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Frank Rudy Cooper

Professor of Law, Suffolk University

Frank Rudy Cooper is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of Criminal Procedure, Cultural Studies, and Masculinities Studies, especially as applied to policing of men of color. He has published more than 25 scholarly works, including the co-edited book, MASCULINITIES AND THE LAW A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH (with Ann C. McGinley), New York University Press, 2012, ISBN 978 0814769690. He is currently writing a book on police abuses of black civilians tentatively entitled, OVERCOMING COP MACHO: HOW MASCULINITY EXACERBATES RACIAL PROFILING.

Professor Cooper has taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Race, Gender & Law. A leader in national law professor organizations, Cooper has served on the Boards of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), Latina/o Critical Legal Theory (LatCrit), and the John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop, among others.

Professor Cooper is a graduate of Amherst College and Duke University Law School, where he was a staff editor on the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law. Prior to entering law teaching, he served as a federal district court judicial clerk, practiced law, and was a teaching assistant at Harvard University, where he won three Derek Bok Center teaching awards.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Suffolk University