Below I include links to resources for research and teaching: reading lists, syllabi, and examples of student work.

Reading Lists

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Ethnographies about Mental Health/Illness: A working list of recent ethnographies by cultural anthropologists addressing mental health, mental illness, and psychiatric practice. Note: I limited the publication range (generally) to the past twenty years. Most are written by anthropologists; some are by sociologists. (email additions for the list to


I teach courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, global health, anthropological theory and methods, and Latin American studies. My teaching is based on student-led discussions, collaborative and research-based learning, and writing as a process of thinking.

Dr. Cooper is easily the best teacher I’ve ever had. She’s so intelligent and passionate about anthropology, and she really cares about her students. We’re her equals. I’ve taken two classes with her and I’ve learned more in her classes than probably all of my other classes combined. I can’t say enough good things about her.” – anonymous student evaluation, May 2019

For more information my courses and to download course syllabi, click on the links below.

Global Mental Health

Medicine and Culture

Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Anthropology

Health and Healing in Latin America

Anthropological Theory

Ethnographic Methods

The Body: Social Science Perspectives

Other Worlds: Anthropology Through Science Fiction