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 Katie  Cooper

Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper






Curriculum Vitae


Katie Cooper is a PhD candidate who specializes in the sociological areas of culture, media, gender and race, social movements, and the arts. Katie will finish her dissertation this fall, titled “Breaking the Crass Ceiling? Analyzing Narratives, Performances, and Audience Reception of Feminist Stand-Up Comedy.” Her dissertation research takes a critical-interactionist approach to explore the “cultural work” of women’s stand-up comedy through multi-method qualitative inquiry. Utilizing focus group and narrative methodologies, she specifically analyzes audience consumption of stand-up and subversive performances in the public sphere. Her forthcoming publication in Sociological Focus examines Amy Schumer’s ironic performance of white femininity. She is also currently preparing two additional papers for publication from her audience reception findings, which highlight the importance of identity in modes of referential viewing and standpoint epistemologies in audience research.

In addition to research, Katie is firmly committed to teaching. She has taught courses in Sociology of the Media, Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Popular Culture, and Social Science Statistics. She was awarded the Department of Sociology Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

Advisor : Laurel Graham