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Katherine R. Cooper

Kate Cooper is an assistant professor of communication studies in the College of Communication. She received her PhD in communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. She teaches classes in small group communication, communication consulting and organizational communication.

As a researcher, Kate is primarily interested in nonprofit organizations and interorganizational collaboration in response to social problems. Her research has been published in both communication and nonprofit journals, as well as outlets for nonprofit practitioners. She is the co-author of the book "Networks for Social Impact" (2021, Oxford University Press), and continues to work with nonprofits as a volunteer and speaker.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Shumate, M., & Cooper, K.R. (2021). Networks for social impact. Oxford University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Cooper, K.R. (2021). “For everyone” means “for no one:” Membership tensions in community collaboration. Management Communication Quarterly, 35(3), 392-417. doi: 10.1177/08933189211000324
  • Cooper, K.R., & Cooper, L.O. (2021). Partners, not providers: A collaboration typology for congregations and community. Accepted for publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0899764021991669
  • Fu, J. S., & Cooper, K. R. (2021). Interorganizational network portfolios of nonprofit organizations: Implications for collaboration management use. Nonprofit Manageme​nt and Leadership, 31, 437-459. doi: 10.1002/nml.21438
  • Cooper, K.R., & Maktoufi, R. (2019). Identity and integration: The roles of relationships and retention in nonprofit mergers. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 30(2), 299-319. doi: 10.1002/nml.21382
  • Shumate, M., Cooper, K.R., Pilny, A., & Peña y Lillo, M. (2017). The nonprofit capacities instrument: A validation. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 28(2), 155-174. doi: 10.1002/nml (Editor’s Prize for Top Article)
  • Cooper, K.R. (2017). Nonprofit participation in collective impact: A comparative case. Community Development 48(4), 499-514. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2017.1332654
  • Shumate, M., Cooper, K.R., Pilny, A., & Peña y Lillo, M. (2017). The nonprofit capacities instrument: A validation. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 28(2), 155-174. doi: 10.1002/nml
  • Cooper, K.R.  & Shumate, M. (2016). Policy brief: The case for using robust measures to evaluate nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 7(1), 39-47. doi: 10.1515/npf-2015-0029. 

Resources for Nonprofit Practitioners