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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, such as Nonprofit Quarterly. She also volunteers as the Chicago-area team leader for an international anti-slavery organization.

Selected Publications

  • 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. 
  • Carlson, E., Cooper, K.R., & Pilny, A. (2016). Mixing methods in organizational communication: Current state and prospects for advancing knowledge. In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 40, (pp. 379-415). New York: Routledge.
  • Cooper, K.R., & Shumate, M. (2012). Interorganizational collaboration explored through the bona fide network perspective. Management Communication Quarterly, 26(4), 623-654. doi: 10.1177/0893318912462014.