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Laurie Cooper Stoll

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Sociology & Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Social Inequalities in Education, Gender-blind Sexism, and Fat/Critical Weight Studies

Brief biography

Dr. Cooper Stoll is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her research explores inequalities in education, gender-blind sexism, and fat/critical weight studies. She is the author of two books, "Race and Gender in the Classroom," winner of the 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Race, Gender, and Class Section of the American Sociological Association, and "Should Schools Be Colorblind?" (spoiler alert: no) Dr. Cooper Stoll has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Violence Against Women, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Latinos and Education, Humanity & Society, Computers in Human Behavior, Fat Studies, and Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change. Because of her expertise, she is often asked to conduct professional development with PreK-12 educators focused on ways to advance equity in schools. 

Current courses at UWL

Dr. Cooper Stoll regularly teaches Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (SOC 225); Gender and Society (SOC 370); Schools and Society (SOC 216); Foundations of Sociological Analysis (SOC 200); Introduction to Social Justice (SOC 150); and Fat Studies and Body Politics (SOC 380).


Ph.D. Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, August 2011
Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies, December 2007

M.A. Sociology, University of Memphis, May 2004

B.A. Sociology, University of Memphis, May 2001, Magna cum Laude


Research and publishing


(1) Laurie Cooper Stoll (2019) "Should Schools Be Colorblind?" Boston: Polity Press.

(2) Laurie Cooper Stoll (2013) "Race and Gender in the Classroom: Teachers, Privilege, and Enduring Social Inequalities.” Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

(1) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Justine Egner (2021). “We Must Do Better: Fatphobia and Ableism in Sociology.” Sociology Compass, 15(4): 1-16.

(2) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Darci L. Thoune (2020). "Elevating the Voices and Research of Fat Scholars and Activists: Standpoint Theory in Fat Studies.” Fat Studies, 9(2): 93-100.

(3) Laurie Cooper Stoll (2019). “Fat is a Social Justice Issue, Too.” Humanity & Society, 43(4): 421-441.

(4) Laurie Cooper Stoll, Terry Glenn Lilley, and Ray Block (2018). “The Effects of Gender-Blind Sexism on Rape Myth Acceptance: Results from a Nationally Representative Study.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

(5) Laurie Cooper Stoll, Terry Lilley, and Kelly Pinter (2017) “Gender-Blind Sexism and Rape Myth Acceptance.”Violence Against Women, 23(1): 28-45.

(6) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Ray Block (2015) “Intersectionality and Cyberbullying: A Study of Cybervictimization in a Midwestern High School.” Computers in Human Behavior, 52: 387-397.

(7) Enilda Delgado and Laurie Cooper Stoll (2015) “Beyond the Black-White Test Score Gap: Latinos’ Early School Experiences and Literacy Outcomes.” Journal of Latinos and Education, 14(4): 261-274.

(8) Laurie Cooper Stoll (2014) “Constructing the Color-Blind Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives on Race and Schooling.” Race Ethnicity & Education, 17(5): 688-705.

(9) Todd Fuist, Laurie Cooper Stoll, and Fred Kniss (2012) "Beyond the Liberal-Conservative Divide: Assessing the Relationship Between Religious Denominations and Their Associated LGBT Organizations.” Qualitative Sociology, 35(1): 65-87.

(10) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Larry R. Petersen (2008) "Church Growth and Decline: A Test of the Market-Based Approach."  Review of Religious Research, 49(3): 251-268.

(11) Stephen J. Scanlan, Laurie Cooper Stoll, and Kimberly Lumm (2008). "Starving for Change: The Hunger Strike and Nonviolent Action, 1906-2004." Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, 28: 275-323.  

Book Chapters

(1) Laurie Cooper Stoll, ngela Meadows, Stephanie von Liebenstein, and Carina Carlsen (2022) “Fatphobia.” In G. Muschert, K. M. Budd, H. Dillaway, D. C. Lane, M. Nair, and J. A. Smith (Eds.), Global Agenda for Social Justice 2022 The UK: Policy Publishers.

(2) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Megan R. Klein (2018) “Not in my Backyard: How Abstract Liberalism and Colorblind Diversity Undermines Racial Justice.”  In S. Collins and D. Embrick (Eds.), Challenging the Status Quo: Diversity, Democracy, and Equality in the 21stCentury. The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

(3) Laurie Cooper Stoll (2015) “Teachers’ Perspectives on Race and Racial Inequality: Strategic Intersectionality and the Countervailing Effects of Privilege.”  In D.J. Davis, R.J. Brunn and J.L. Olive (Eds.), Intersectionality in Education Research. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.


(1) Laurie Cooper Stoll and Darci Thoune, Conditionally Accepted, Blogpost for Inside Higher Ed. May 29, 2020. “Building a Bridge to Hate? When Fat Studies Goes Public.”