Rhetoric and Composition
Department Chair:
Laurie McMillin

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8907
Fax: (440) 775-8619

King Building 139
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper

John C. Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition and English
Member of the Comparative American Studies Committee

Contact Information


King Building 139A
(440) 775-8613

Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper

Educational Background

  • B.A., Auburn University, 1976
  • M.A., University of Alabama--Tuscaloosa, 1978
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1986

Jan Cooper came to Oberlin College in 1984 and is the John Charles Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition.

She teaches Writing to Learn and Participate, Rhetorics of Gender Non-Conformity in Film and Television, Writing in the Sciences, and Writing Grant Proposals, as well as supervising the Practicum in Journalism sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric and Composition.

Ms. Cooper's academic interests include Queer studies, journalism, writing in the sciences, and southern USA literature. Ms. Cooper is currently researching the intersection of race, class, region, and sexuality in Queer American film/tv and current issues in American journalism.

Ms. Cooper was named the first recipient of the Oberlin College Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities in 1998. She has also taught writing at the Universities of Alabama and Iowa and worked briefly as a technical writer at Auburn University for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.

For an example of Ms. Cooper’s co-editing see Living in the Vermilion River Watershed.

Ms. Cooper’s publications include:

"Queering the Contact Zone." Journal of Advanced Composition. 24.1. 2004.

"Zora Neale Hurston Was Always a Southerner Too; or, Thoughts on the De-Segregation of the Southern Renascence," The Female Tradition in Southern Literature, a collection of essays on southern U.S.A. women writers edited by Carol S. Manning (Champaign: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1993).

"A Theoretical Context" and "Reading Literature Analytically," Chapters One and Four in Teaching College Students to Read Analytically: An Individualized Approach, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, 1985.