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Thomas Cooper

Professor Emerson College
Work Emerson College 180 Tremont Street Boston Massachusetts 02116 United States Work Phone: 617-824-8812
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Thomas Cooper is the author or co-author of seven published books about media ethics and criticism including Media Fast/Fast MediaTelevision and Ethics: A BibliographyCommunications Ethics and Global Change, and An Ethics Trajectory. The co-publisher of Media Ethics, an independent academic and professional magazine (both on-line and in print), Cooper has written over a hundred articles and reviews.

From 1975-1980 at the University of Toronto, Cooper served as an assistant to Marshall McLuhan, the renowned communications theorist who originated the phrase “the medium is the message.” Cooper co-produced some of the first audio-spacebridges (live satellite, two-way broadcasts) between the U.S., the Soviet Union, and other countries.

A playwright with a doctorate in drama and communication, Cooper also attended Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and his musical compositions have been performed in multiple locations. He has received numerous fellowships, awards, and grants, and is a speechwriter for the former CEO of Puma, Inc.

Cooper was founding director of the Association for Responsible Communication, which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. He has taught at Harvard University (his alma mater), the University of Hawaii, University of Maryland, Temple University, and at Emerson for three decades.

Cooper earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Level of Media Interview Experience: Advanced

Categories: Communications, Media Ethics, Professional Ethics

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