Suban Nur Cooley


FacultyAfrican American and African Studies

Assistant Professor – Tenure System


Suban Nur Cooley, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies, is a storyteller and communications professional with more than a decade of experience. She brings this expertise to bear in the classroom to help students develop both practical and critical digital and cultural literacies. Working to empower and embolden the value and strength of Black diaspora knowledges and cultural practices through her writing, research, and teaching, she blends the rhetorics of identity and belonging, cultural and digital literacies, and Black feminist theory to help build understanding and broaden perspectives of how we define and value all forms of writing. As a community-minded scholar, she is also driven by equity, reciprocity, and a growth in empathy and understanding for one another and is consistently looking for opportunities to engage her research and classroom spaces with the world beyond it by focusing on issues pertaining to identity, culture, and current events.


On Being and Becoming Black in a Globally Dispersed Diaspora: