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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K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Looking at newly available data from Las Vegas Metro police, the 8 News Now I-Team found the most-reported crime across the Las Vegas valley is simple assault.
Las Vegas Sun
Police shootings in Las Vegas decreased nearly 50% last year, according to a report recently released by Metro Police — a trend one high-ranking department official said can be attributed to an increase in patrol officers hired in 2021, as well as a revamped approach to how police deal with potentially dangerous subjects.
Las Vegas Review Journal
In this Wild West, growing Nevada town, a controversial sheriff’s office captain is the public face of authority — often garnering a higher profile than the sheriff, district attorney or county commissioners.
Nevada’s Neon Museum is installing an 808 square-foot mural honoring diverse communities and individuals who impacted Las Vegas’ cultural history.

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

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