S. Katherine Cooper


(813) 257-3614




401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

EW 111

Meet S. Katherine Cooper

Professor of Instruction I, Sociology


2008 University of Georgia, B.S., B.A.
2011 University of North Carolina- Wilmington, M.A.
2018 University of South Florida, Ph.D.

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Courses Taught:

Sociological Theories
Sociology of Popular Culture
Families in Global Perspective
Introduction to Sociology

Career Specialties: Katie Cooper specializes in the sociological areas of culture, media, gender, race and social movements.

Professional and Community Activities:

Cooper is a sociologist broadly interested in the mirror relationship between culture and media, and her research explores how social issues are framed through different forms of media and how people interpret these mediated messages. Her most recent research examines the “cultural work” of women’s stand-up comedy through multi-method qualitative inquiry. Utilizing focus group and narrative methodologies, she analyzed audience consumption of stand-up humor and subversive performances in popular culture. Assistant Professor Cooper’s research has been published in journals such as Sociological Focus and The Communication Review.

Honors and Awards: 2018 TEDXUGA Presenter Nominee
2016 Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida 
2015 PhD Research Support Grant, University of South Florida