Professor Frank Rudy Cooper has been named one of National Jurist’s “Leaders in Diversity” for “furthering diversity efforts in legal education.”

“Cooper brings society’s latest racial controversies into the classroom to heighten the student experience and make the studies relevant,” wrote National Jurist’s editors.

The New York Times Opinion Page turned to Professor Cooper for an opinion piece on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a public/private partnership working to improve the opportunities available to young men and boys of color. In that piece he looks at the “cool vs. school” dilemma facing black boys.  He has also appeared on public television’s Basic Black program to discuss the impact of police issues on the black community. He is writing a book on why police killings of unarmed civilians most frequently involve black men, tentatively entitled, Black and Blue: Training Away Police Abuse of Black Men.

Professor Cooper is an expert on how conceptions of masculinity exacerbate racial problems in the criminal justice system, especially in the policing of black men. He co-edited Masculinities and the Law:  A Multidimensional Approach (with Ann C. McGinley) (New York University Press 2012).