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Bio: Cynthia Cooper
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Cynthia A. Cooper, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of the Media Research Lab in the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University -- Edwardsville (SIUE). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mass media law and policy, First Amendment law, media management and media research. Her current research projects investigate Internet hate speech, universal access, protection of unpopular speech, psychophysiological responses to hate speech, and modern interpretations/ applications of the First Amendment. Cooper has degrees in mass communications from the University of Tennessee (Ph.D.), University of Oklahoma (M.S.) and the University of Tulsa (B.S.).

Cooper is the recipient of numerous faculty and student fellowships from the Annenberg Washington Policy Center, the National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE), and the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). She has professional experience as a television and multimedia producer and health care administrator.

Cooper is the author and contributing author of three books on television violence regulation including her book Violence on Television: Congressional Inquiry, Public Criticism and Industry Response, published in 1996. She has also published in the areas of Internet hate speech, television violence ratings and teaching assessment. She has presented numerous papers at regional and national conferences of the International Communications Association (ICA), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the Association of Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) and the National Communications Association (NCA). Cooper is a member of BEA, AEJMC, ICA and NATPE.

You can send email to Cynthia Cooper at cycoope@siue.edu.

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