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Personal Profile of Prof. Duane Cooper

Prof. Duane Cooper
Department of Mathematics

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4119-6041

MSRI Program:
Algorithms, Fairness, and Equity
Visit Dates:
August 21, 2023 - December 20, 2023

Duane Cooper is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morehouse College. His current research interests are in the mathematics of voting and representation, with particular interests in election procedures that allow for fair representation. In addition, he has experience and maintains interest in mathematics student and teacher development.

Foremost, Prof. Cooper is engaged in instruction and advisement of his students and service to his college. Beyond this work at his institution and in his department, which he chaired 2011-19, he was a member of the team of five directors of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP), 2007-22, and he currently is co-director of the SLMath Mathematically Advancing Young Undergraduates Program (MAY-UP), being piloted in 2023 in Atlanta. Over the years, he has been active with various professional organizations; these include the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Benjamin Banneker Association (BBA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), serving each on a committee or board. He has been a member and frequent research presenter at meetings of the Public Choice Society.

Prof. Cooper was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained for college, receiving his BS in mathematics from Morehouse College and his MS in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983. He received the PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. It was during his graduate years that he found his calling in education, the result of a variety of experiences teaching elementary, high school, and college students. Thus, he sought and received a postdoctoral appointment in both the Center for Mathematics Education and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, where he served for several years on the faculty before returning to Morehouse in 2002.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
No Memberships

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Broadening Participation Advisory Apr 01, 2011 Mar 31, 2014
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2015: Developmental Mathematics: For whom? Toward what ends?

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    Mar 19, 2015
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      Viewing the problem from the mathematics department chair perspective
    Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), John Squires (Southern Regional Education Board), Peter Trapa (University of Utah)
    Mar 20, 2015
    04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
      Closing session: Reflections on ideas discussed at the workshop
    Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Mark Hoover (University of Michigan), Robert Megginson (University of Michigan), Richard Sgarlotti (Bay College), Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge)
  2. Workshop Promoting Diversity at the Graduate Level in Mathematics: a National Forum

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    Oct 17, 2008
    11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
      "A Tale of Two Cultures"
    Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Edray Goins (Pomona College), Ruth Haas (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Yi Liu, John Meakin, Janis Oldham, Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley)