Campus Spotlight

Welcome the new School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Graduate Program Manager

Please join us in welcoming Tamara "Coop" Cooper!

Coop oversees academic services, including advising, for current and prospective graduate students in the Cultural Studies, Policy Studies, and Creative Writing & Poetics programs, with day-to-day responsibility for managing the annual cycles of recruitment and outreach, admissions and enrollment, and advising and program completion.

Coop comes to us from the UW Seattle campus, where she served as the lead undergraduate advisor and more recently, a full-time lecturer for the Department of Comparative Literature Cinema and Media Studies (CLCM). Her research interests include formations of subjectivities, racialization, gender and sexuality in the context of ever shifting meanings of citizenship. Currently she is focused on the uses of image making and documentary as tools of both revolution and healing from trans-generational trauma.

As a Lead Advisor for CLCM, Coop led recruitment and orientation for the new Cinema and Media major, built partnerships with First Year Programs, and developed a community of practice committed to supporting students' pathways across the social sciences, humanities, and arts.

Before assuming the role of lead advisor in CLCM, she worked as the Education Director for Enhanced Learning Programs in New York City. Having held responsibility for placing NYU graduate students in under-served schools and supporting their on-site learning for two years through one of their pipeline projects, as Education Director she then recruited, trained, and supervised graduate students in a vibrant cross-sectoral community development project located in Harlem.

Coop received her PhD in Cinema Studies (Cultural Theory) from New York University, her MA in Canadian Studies and Women Studies from Carleton University, and her BA in English and Women Studies from University of Ottawa.