Professor of Law



  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 320-C
  • Phone: 617-573-8530
  • Fax: 617-305-3087
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  • BA, Amherst College
  • JD, Duke University


  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Race Gender and Law
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure Theories


Frank Rudy Cooper is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He 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. Professor Cooper s 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 entitled, BLACK AND BLUE: GENDERING 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.

Professional Activities

Professor Cooper was elected the 2008 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Law & Humanities Section. Professor Cooper is a former Board Member of Latina/o Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit). He co-chaired the 2004 LatCrit conference. He is a former Board Member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). He was local co-chair for the 2006 SALT teaching conference, which Suffolk hosted. He is a Board Member of the John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop and the Northeast People of Color legal scholarship conference (NEPOC). He chaired Suffolk Law's hosting of each of those conferences in 2012. He has served on many Law School Committees, including Chairing the Scholarship Enrichment Committee and Co-Chairing the Teaching Committee.




MASCULINITIES AND LAW: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH (New York: New York University Press, Frank Rudy Cooper and Ann C. McGinley, eds., 2012) (collecting essays promoting synthesizing critical race theory’s multidimensionality theory with masculinities studies as applied to law)

Book Chapters

Toward Multidimensional Masculinities Theory: The Gates Controversy, in EXPLORING MASCULINITIES FEMINIST THEORY REFLECTIONS (Ashgate Press, Martha A. Fineman and Michael Thomson eds., 2013) (arguing analysis of the controversial arrest of Henry Louis Gates suggests masculinities theorists should incorporate critical race theory’s multidimensionality theory)

The King Stay the King: Masculinities and Capitalism in "The Wire", in MASCULINITIES AND LAW: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH (New York: New York University Press, Frank Rudy Cooper and Ann C. McGinley eds., 2012) (arguing analysis of HBO police drama The Wire shows need for critiquing capitalism in multidimensional masculinities approach)

Our First Unisex President, Obama, Critical Race Theory, and Masculinities Studies, in THE OBAMA EFFECT: MULTIDISCIPLINARY RENDERINGS OF THE 2008 CAMPAIGN (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, Heather E. Harris, Kimberly R. Moffitt and Catherine R. Squires eds., 2010)

The Seesaw Effect: From Racial Profiling to Depolicing: Toward a Critical Cultural Theory, in NEW CIVIL RIGHTS RESEARCH: A CONSTITUTIVE APPROACH (Benjamin Fleury-Steiner and Laura Beth Nielsen eds., 2006)

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The CRA’s Impact on Distressed Communities, in PUBLIC POLICIES FOR DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES (F. Stevens Redburn and Terry Buss eds., 2002) (with Clarence A. Cooper)


From Lonesome Cowboys to Geek Masculinities: A Study of Documentary Films on the Financial Crisis, 6 Interactions: Stud. Comm. & Culture 287 (2015) (with Monika Raesch and Micky Lee)

Always Already Suspect: Revising Vulnerability Theory, 93 N. C. L. REV. 1339 (2015) 

Many Ways to be Manly, in THE NEW YORK TIMES, Room For Debate (Wednesday, March 12, 2014) 

How Masculinities Distribute Power: The Influence of Ann Scales, 91 DENV. U. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014) (with Ann McGinley)

We Are Always Already Imprisoned: Hyper-Incarceration and Black Male Identity Performance, 93 B.U. L. Rev. 1185 (2013)

Identities Cubed: Perspectives on Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, 13 NEV. L.J. 326 (2013) (with Ann C. McGinley)

Intentional Teaching, Intentional Scholarship, Applying Backward Design Principles in a Faculty Writing Group, 38 INNOV. HIGH. EDUC. (2013) (with K. Linder et al)

Post-Racialism and Searches Incident to Arrest, 44 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 113 (2012)

Hyper-incarceration as a Multidimensional Attack: Replying to Angela Harris Through "The Wire", 37 WASH. U.J.L. & POL'Y 67 (2011)

Masculinities, Post-racialism, and the Gates Controversy: The False Equivalence Between Officer and Civilian, 11 NEVADA L.J. 1 (2010) (Lead article) (applying masculinities studies and critique of post-racialism to controversial arrest of scholar Henry Louis Gates).

"Who's the Man?": Masculinities Studies, Terry Stops, and Police Training, 18 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. 671 (2009)

Race and Essentialism in Gloria Steinem, 11 BERKELEY J. AFR. AM. L. & POL'Y 36 (2009)

Our First Unisex President?: Black Masculinity and Obama's Feminine Side, 86 DENV. U. L. REV. 633 (2009)

Surveillance and Identity Performance: Some Thoughts Inspired by Martin Luther King, 32 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 517 (2008)

The Spirit of 1968: Toward Abolishing Terry Doctrine, 31 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 539 (2007)

Against Bipolar Black Masculinity: Intersectionality, Assimilation, Identity Performance, and Hierarchy, 39 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 853 (2006)

Cultural Context Matters: Terry’s "Seesaw Effect", 56 OKLA. L. REV. 833 (2003)

Understanding “Depolicing”: Symbiosis Theory and Critical Cultural Theory, 71 : UMKC L. REV. 355 (2002)

The Un-Balanced Fourth Amendment: A Cultural Study of the Drug War, Racial Profiling and Arvizu, 47 VILL. L. REV. 851 (2002)