|Education:||Ph.D. (2006), Sociology; Gender Studies Certificate, University of Southern California, Los Angeles|
M.A. (2004), Sociology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
M.S. (1998), Sport Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.S. (1995), Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Office Phone:||(765) 49-42503|
|Office Fax:||(765) 49-61239|
|Specializations:||Sex and Gender; Sport; Media; Youth|
- Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (joint appointment), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2013-present)
- Courtesy Appointment, Department of Sociology (2012-present)
- Affiliated Faculty, American Studies (2011-present)
- Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (joint appointment), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2006-2009)
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton (2006-2009)
Dr. Cooky’s scholarship is interdisciplinary, situated at the intersections of sociology, kinesiology (sociology of sport), and women’s/gender studies. Specifically, her research centers on the ways gender shapes experiences, cultural meanings and societal structures in sports contexts. Research demonstrates that girls are participating in sport in greater numbers than ever. Yet, there are still many girls who do not participate because of limited opportunities, structural barriers, and cultural ideologies. Cooky’s research explores these dynamics. Specifically, her research has examined the sociological aspects of urban recreation sport programs for low-income minority girls; the role of the media and popular culture and in shaping societal understandings of gender and sport; the framing of female athletes (most recently Caster Semenya) in mainstream news media; the quality and quantity of men’s and women’s sport in mainstream news media; and the construction of gendered athletic identities among girls who play sport. In 2010-11, she collaborated with the Women’s Sport Foundation to conduct the first ever evidence-based study of gender and sport participation in Montenegro (funded by United Nations Development Fund and the Montenegro Olympic Committee). In 2010, Cooky completed (with Michael Messner, Ph.D. University of Southern California) an update of a longitudinal study on gender in televised sports mews. The report examines the coverage of men’s and women’s sport in local and national televised news and highlight shows. The report was distributed online (3500+ downloads in 68 different countries).
- Cooky, C., & Messner, M. A., Hextrum, R. (2013). “Women play sports, but not on TV: A longitudinal study of televised news.” Communication & Sport. 1, 203-231.
- Dworkin, S. L., Swarr, A. L., & Cooky, C. (2013). (In)Justice in Sport: The treatment of South African track star Caster Semenya. Feminist Studies, 39(1), 40-69.
- Cooky, C. & Dworkin, S. L. (2013). Policing the boundaries of sex: A critical examination of gender verification and the Caster Semenya controversy. Journal of Sex Research, 50, 103-111.
- Cooky, C. Dycus, R. Dworkin, S. L. (2013). “What makes a woman a woman?" vs. "Our First Lady of sport": A comparative analysis of Caster Semenya in U.S. and South African news media.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 37, 31-56.
- Cooky, C. (2012). Success without honor: Cultures of Silence and the Penn State Scandal. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 12, 328-331.
- Dworkin, S. L. & Cooky, C. (2012). Sport, sex segregation, and sex testing: Critical reflections on this unjust marriage. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(7), 1-3.
- Wachs, F. L., Cooky, C., Messner, M. A., & Dworkin, S. L. (2012). Media frames and displacement of blame in the Don Imus incident: Sincere fictions and frenetic inactivity. Critical Studies in Media Communication. 29 (5), 421-438
- Cooky, C. & LaVoi, N. M. (2012). The unfinished revolution in women’s sport. Contexts: Understanding people in their social worlds, 11, 42-46.
- Cooky, C., Wachs, F. L., Messner, M. A., and Dworkin, S. L. (2010) It's Not About the Game: Don Imus, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Media. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27, 139-159.
- Cooky, C. (2009). "Girls just aren’t interested": The social construction of interest in girls' sport. Sociological Perspectives, 52(2), 259-283.
- Cooky, C. & McDonald, M. (2005). "If You Let Me Play: Young Girls 'Insider-Other' Narratives of Sport". Sociology of Sport Journal, 22(2), 158-177.
- Messner, M. A., Duncan, M. C. & Cooky, C. (2003). "Silence, Sports Bras, and Wrestling Porn: The treatment of women in televised sports news and highlights". Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 27(1), 38-51.
Invited, Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters:
- Cooky, C., & Dworkin, S. L. (2013). “Running down what comes naturally: South Africa’s Caster Semenya and discourses of biological sex.” In L. Wenner (Ed.), Fallen heroes: Sport, media, and celebrity culture. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publisher.
- McDonald, M. G. & Cooky, C. (2013). “Interrogating discourses about the WNBA’s ‘bad girls’: Intersectionality and the politics of representation. In L. Wenner (Ed.), Fallen Heroes: Sport, Media, and Celebrity Culture. New York: NY: Peter Lang Publisher.
- Cooky, C. (2010). Do Girls Rule?: Understanding Popular Culture Images of "Girl Power!" and Sport. In S. Spickard Prettyman & B. Lampman (Eds). Learning Culture Through Sports: Exploring the Role of Sports in Society, 2nd. edition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Cooky, C. (2009). Getting Girls in the Game: Negotiations of Structure and Agency in a Girls’ Recreational Sport Program. In E. Smith (Ed.). Sociology of Sport and Social Theory. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.
- Cooky, C. (2006). "Strong Enough to be a Man, But Made a Woman: Discourses of Sports And Femininity in Sports Illustrated for Women". In L. K. Fuller (Ed.), Sexual Sports Rhetoric. New York: Haworth Press.
- Cooky, C. (2010). "Sports and Their Fans: The History, Economics and Culture of the Relationship Between Spectator and Sport, by Kevin G. Quinn." The Sport Psychologist, 24, 119-121.
- Cooky, C. (2006). "In the Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity". Sociology of Sport Journal, 23, 314-323.
- Messner, M. A. & Cooky, C. (2010). Gender in Televised Sports: News and Highlights Shows, 1989-2009. Los Angeles: USC Center for Feminist Research -- http://www.usc.edu/dept/cfr/html/home.htm
Scholarly Online Publications
- Cooky, C. & Dworkin, S. L. (2012, August 10). “Woman enough to win?” The Society Pages: Social Science that Matters. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. http://thesocietypages.org/specials/sex-testing/
Recent Conference Presentations:
- Cooky, C. (2013, August). “Cultures of Silence: Media framings of child sexual abuse in the Jerry Sandusky/ Penn State scandal.” Invited panelist; paper presented at the American Sociological Association. Session title: Commodifiction and sexualization of children and youth.) New York, NY.
- Cooky, C., Esmonde, K., & Dworkin, S. L. (2012, November). “The winningest coach that lost it all: Paterno and the Penn State Scandal.” Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. New Orleans, LA.
Grants and Funded Projects:
- Clifford B. Kinley Trust. Sports, Physical Activity and the Well- Being of Urban and Rural Girls. $19,435. Principal Investigator.
- International/ Montenegro Olympic Committee and United Nations Development Program. Gender and Sport in Montenegro. $16,031.02. Principal Investigator.
Honors and Awards:
- Purdue University Title IX Distinguished Service Award, 2012
- Purdue University Difference Makers, 2011
- Honorable Mention, Sociology of Sport Journal Article of the Year Award for "If You Let Me Play: Young Girls' Insider-Other Narratives of Sport"
- Dorothy Harris/Women's Sports Foundation Dissertation Scholarship
- Haynes Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Recent Invited Lectures and Presentations:
- Women play sport, but not on TV: A longitudinal study of televised news media. Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, Gender and Sport Conference. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. March 6, 2013.
- Out on the field: Understanding homophobia in sports. Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. February 19, 2013.
- Does looking good matter more than playing well?: Female athletes in U.S. media. Hanyang University. Seoul, South Korea. August 24, 2012.
- Policing the boundaries of sex: Gender verification and the Caster Semenya controversy. International Congress of Sport Sciences. Mokpo, South Korea. August 22, 2012.
Service to the Profession:
- Editorships and Editorial Boards:
- Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 2013-2016.
- Sociological Perspectives, 2011.
- Sociological Perspectives, 2010.
- Sociology of Sport Journal, 2007-2010; 2013-2016.
- Professional Offices:
- Society for the Study of Social Problems. Division Chair. Sport, Leisure and the Body, 2011-2013.
- North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Member-at-Large. Board of Directors, 2011-2013.
- Professional Memberships:
- North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
- Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
- Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)
- Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)
- American Sociological Association (ASA)
- National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Recent Public Scholarship:
- Cooky, C. (2012, April 1). “March madness minimizes women.” Journal Gazette. Op-ed article. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120401/EDIT05/304019978/1021/EDIT
- Cooky, C. (2011, July 15). “Look beyond stereotypes of women in sports” Indianapolis Star. Op-ed. http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107160310
- Cooky, C. (2011, July 18). “Women’s soccer coverage must get beyond gender roles.” Detroit Free Press. Op-ed. http://www.freep.com/article/20110718/OPINION05/110718051/Online-commentary-Women-s-soccer-coverage-must-get-beyond-gender-roles?odyssey=tab
- 2013, August 13. Interview on HuffPost Live, online webcast. “Sports key to women’s success.”
- 2013, Feb. 12. Interview on Edge of Sports Radio, ESPN XM/Sirius Radio broadcast. “The Paterno Report and the Penn State Scandal.” http://www.leftjabradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Edge-of-Sports-02-12-13-Edge-of-Sports_SEG-FULL-NO-COMMERCIALS.mp3
- 2012, June 25. Interview on All Things Considered, WBAA Purdue National Public Radio broadcast. “The Progress of Title IX, 40 Years Later.” http://wbaa.org/post/progress-title-ix-40-years-later
- 2012, June 23. Interview on Bloomington Community Radio, Daily Local News. “Four Decades of Title IX.” http://wfhb.org/news/four-decades-title-ix
- 2011, November 11. Interview on All Things Considered. Michigan National Public Radio broadcast. “Athletic Scandals and the Culture of Sports.” http://michiganradio.org/post/athletic-scandals-and-culture-sports
Print and Online News Articles:
- Spak, K. “Notre Dame campus atmosphere ‘insane’ over football prowess.” Chicago Sun Times. November 18, 2012. http://www.suntimes.com/news/16471206-418/notre-dame-campus-atmosphere-insane-over-football-prowess.html
- Wilson, M. “Title IX moves beyond sports to ‘new frontier’ of STEM. Daily Herald. September 9, 2012. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120909/news/709099921/
- DuBois, S. “Sex, muscles and basketball: How do you sell a woman?” Fortune Magazine/CNN Money. August 28, 2012. http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/15/female-athletes-wnba/?iid=SF_F_River
- Matisak, A. “Ženám stací rovnaká štartovacia ciara.” (Will the increased number of women at the Olympic Games influence global equality?). August 11, 2012. Pravda (Major News Daily in Slovakia) http://spravy.pravda.sk/zenam-staci-rovnaka-startovacia-ciara-dxf-/sk_svet.asp?c=A120810_160653_sk_svet_p12
- Ebner, D. “Olympic Games inch closer toward gender equity. The Globe & Mail. August 10, 2012.
- Rosenfield, S. “Why we ignore women’s sports.” Outside Magazine. July 17, 2012.
- Hines, K. “Damage control: Schools must handle fallout when scandals occur.” Tulsa World. Tulsa, Oklahoma. April 14, 2012. http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=96&articleid=20120414_231_B1_CUTLIN501788&r=467