Frank Rudy Cooper

Director, Program on Race, Gender & Policing
William S. Boyd Professor of Law
Expertise: Criminal Law, Policing, Race Theory, Race and Law, Civil Rights


Frank Rudy Cooper is the director of the Program on Race, Gender & Policing at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law.

Cooper's expertise includes the intersection of race and law, in addition to civil rights, critical race theory, and diversity and inclusion. He also conducts research centered on feminist theory, gender and the law, and masculinity theory. He is often called upon by local and national media to provide insight into current issues including police reform and police brutality. 

Prior to UNLV, Cooper practiced law in Boston and taught at Villanova University School of Law, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk University Law School.

His work has been published in journals including the Boston University Law Review, the University of California, Davis Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and the Arizona State Law Journal.


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science & English, Amherst College

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Frank Rudy Cooper In The News

August 30, 2021
A noose found on a beam at the construction site of the MSG Sphere, adjacent to The Venetian resort-casino, has led to concerns about possible racist motivations.
August 9, 2021
In two weeks, students will return to classes at UNLV.
June 2, 2021
As the rhetorical battle over Israel and Palestine wages, some progressives find ourselves caught in the middle.
April 14, 2021
The topic of “toxic masculinity” comes up more in conversations about #MeToo than about Black Lives Matter, understandably so. But cop machismo is an important way of understanding police violence against people of color. It helps explain why Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck — continuing for two minutes after Floyd’s pulse stopped — and why three other officers chose to keep the crowd at bay rather than save Floyd’s life.

Articles Featuring Frank Rudy Cooper

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Campus News | May 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.
Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.
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Campus News | July 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
A portrait of law professor Frank Rudy Cooper standing outside on campus
People | January 22, 2019
One of Boyd Law’s newest professors shares his Las Vegas experiences since moving from the East Coast.