Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Bruce Cooper, Ph.D., Professor

Division of Education Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP)
Fordham University Graduate School of Education
113 W. 60th Street, Room 1119
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-636-6441
Fax: 212-636-5657

Bruce S. Cooper, Ph.D. is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, with a special interest in public policy, economics, and politics of education. Earning his PhD at the University of Chicago, he has been teaching at Fordham since 1981, and served two terms as President of the Politics of Education Association, PEA, and as Chair of the Division of ELAP at Fordham.

Dr. Cooper has published 34 books, four of which were published this past year. His latest book, written with Dr. Janet Mulvey, entitled Intersections of Children's Health, Education and Welfare, was published in 2012 by Palgrave-Macmillan. Dr. Cooper has recently completed a new book, currently in press with colleagues, on "how to make teaching more professional" by ending the isolation and building professional learning communities. The book was edited with Sharon Conley, a colleague at University of California-Santa Barbara.

Academic Background

Ph.D., Educational Leadership – University of Chicago, 1974
M.A., Educational Leadership - University of Chicago, 1972
M.A., English – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1967
B.A., English - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1964

Research Interests

Public policy, economics, and the politics of education

Recent Publications

Cooper, Bruce S., L.D. Fusarelli, & Cibulka, J.G. (Eds., in progress) Handbook of Education Politics and Policy. NY: Routledge-Taylor and Francis.

Cooper, Bruce S., & Mulvey, Janet D. (2012). Intersections of children’s health, education and welfare: Helping students to succeed in school and life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Strax, Caroline, Strax, Marshall, & Cooper, Bruce S. (2012). Kids in the middle: The micro-politics of special ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Shear, Richard, & Cooper, Bruce S. (2012). Screwed up school reform: The plight of America’s public school students & what must change to meet the challenge? Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Cooper, Bruce S. & Conley, Sharon. (2011). Keeping and improving today’s school leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Conley, Sharon & Cooper, Bruce S. (2011). Finding, preparing, and supporting school leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Mulvey, Janet D., Cooper, Bruce S., & Maloney, Arthur T. (2010). Blurring the lines: Charter, public, private and religious schools coming together. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Fusarelli, Bonnie & Cooper, Bruce S. (Eds.) (2009). The rising state: Changing control and power in US education—A 10 state view. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Cooper, Bruce S. (ed.). (2005). Home Schooling in Full View—A Reader. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Cooper, B.S., L.D. Fusarelli (2004). The Promises and Perils Facing Today’s School Superintendent. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education. Published in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators.

Cooper, Bruce S., Lance D. Fusarelli & E. Vance Randall (2004). Better Policies, Better Schools. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Cooper, Bruce S., (2004). Labor Relations in Education -- International Perspectives. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Editor and author, Chapters 1 and 17. “Trends and Developments” (pp. 299-336).

Guare, Rita & Cooper, Bruce S. (2003). Truancy Revisited: Students as School Consumers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Cooper, Bruce S., Fusarelli, Lance D., & Crarella, Vincent A. (2000). Career crisis in the school superintendency? The results of a national survey. Arlington, VA: Nationa.l Association of School Administrators.

Courses Taught

Economics and Finance of Education (ASGE7433)
Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (ASGE8500)
Politics of Education (ASGE7223) Research Design and Quant. Methods (ASGE7432)

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