Claudia Cooper

Visiting Assistant Professor of English & American Literature & Education Studies

 Twilight Hall 108


Claudia Cooper has been teaching at Middlebury since 1998.Her current interests and research focus on global literature for children, and children’s literacy and Ethiopia.

Professor Cooper earned her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology with a specialization in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. There her work focused on the psychosocial aspects of literacy, specifically how children expressed their points of view by indicating emotional highpoints in their writing, and what relationships could be found with their status as children “at-risk” for academic failure or success.

Presently, Professor Cooper holds a joint teaching appointment in Education Studies and the English and American Literatures Department.Recent courses in Education include Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum, and the Student Teaching Seminar.She also supervises elementary and secondary student teachers in their school placements.Interdisciplinary and cross listed courses include Writing for Children and Young Adults, Global Literature for Youth, Youth Literature and Film, Taboos and Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults and Images of Africa and Africa’s Self Image.In 2008, she took a winter term class to Ethiopia for an intensive field based learning experience in a course called Reading Cultures: Writing Lives.




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