Christopher A. Cooper is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Interim Department Head of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. His work on state politics, political communication, public policy, and political behavior has been published in Public Administration Review, Social Forces, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, State and Local Government Review, Popular Government, and other journals as well as in edited works published by Brookings Institution Press, Congressional Quarterly Press, and the University Press of Kentucky, among others. His book, The New Politics of North Carolina (edited with Gibbs Knotts) was recently published by the University of North Carolina Press. His work uses a variety of research and data collection techniques including surveys, experiments, archival research and qualitative interviewing.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cooper frequently conducts evaluation studies and surveys for local governments and non-profits throughout North Carolina. He is also co-author of two versions of the Regional Outlook Report, a major outreach initiative by Western Carolina University that assessed public opinion in the 23 westernmost counties. He frequently publishes op-eds in newspapers throughout the Southeast and gives talks throughout the region about politics and public policy.