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Christopher A. Cooper

Christopher Cooper

Professor, Madison Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs and Director of the Public Policy Institute

College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science and Public Affairs

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3861
Office: 358 Stillwell Building
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Christopher A. Cooper is Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor and Director of the Public policy Institute at Western Carolina University. He has received Western Carolina University’s highest awards for research (University Scholar, 2011) and teaching (Board of Governors Teaching Award, 2013) and was named the 2013 North Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.<br><br>Cooper’s published academic research features over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on NC politics, state politics, southern politics, elections, and behavioral public administration. He is also co-author of <i>The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of its People</i> (University of North Carolina Press) and co-editor of <i>The New Politics of North Carolina</i> (published by the University of North Carolina Press).<br><br>Cooper is a frequent source for news stories about North Carolina, as well as national politics and he has been quoted hundreds of times in a variety of media including the <i>New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Christian Science Monitor</i>, <i>Boston Herald</i>, <i>Al Jazeera, Charlotte Observer, Asheville-Citizen Times, The Hill, National Journal, Raleigh News and Observer, </i>North Carolina Insider National Public Radio (All Things Considered and Morning Edition),<i> USA Today, </i>CNN, FOX News, WUNC, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WFAE (Charlotte) ABC News, and<i> </i>


  • Ph D, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • MA, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • BA, Winthrop University

Teaching Interests

American politics; parties, campaigns and elections; election administration; state and local government; southern politics; research methods; public administration.

Research Interests

American politics, state and local politics, North Carolina politics, southern politics, elections and behavior, behavioral public administration

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