Angela Cooke-Jackson



B.A. Cedarville University
M.S. University of Dayton
M.P.H. University of Kentucky
Ph.D. University of Kentucky

Contact Information

Office: Walker 811
Phone: 617-824-3411
angela_cooke_jackson [at] (E-Mail »)

 Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson is an Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Science as well as Intercultural Communication in the Communication Studies Department at Emerson College. Her research centers around the nexus of health communication and behavioral science with an emphasis on intercultural communication seeking to address health disparities among disparate and underserved populations. She is the grant recipient of over 150K from various foundations and private organizations. Her research funding has been used to engage high-risk youth from local Boston communities in the creation of age specific digital health vignettes and media on topics of health and media literacy and sexual health. She collaborates with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Family Van, Community Conversations: A Women's Health Initiative and the Brigham Women's Hospital. She is the director and co-founder of the Emerson Literacy Education and Empowerment Project fondly called eLEEP. eLEEP's media driven approach is highlighted through learned mixed-media productions meant to deconstruct and reconstruct the media to promote sexual health awareness via the media and the outlets teens use today.

Dr. Cooke-Jackson's cross-disciplinary research and teaching approach is her strongest academic attribute because it offers a fluid space for collaborative institutional and community teamwork. Her current publications include articles in Health Communication, Communication Teacher, Journal of Human Sexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and book chapters and excerpts in The Encyclopedia of Health Communication, Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural and Political Complexities and Ethics and Entertainment


  • 2008
  •  Cooke-Jackson, A. & Hansen, E. (2008). Appalachian culture and reality TV: The ethical dilemma of stereotyping others. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 23(3), 183-200. DOI: 10.1080/08900520802221946.

  • 2010
  • Hansen, E. & Cooke-Jackson, A. (2010). Hillbilly stereotypes and humor: Entertaining ourselves at the expense of the other. In H. Good and S. Borden (Eds.), Ethics and entertainment: Essays on media culture and media mortality. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co Inc.

  • 2011
  • Cooke-Jackson, A. (2011). A World of Difference: Unraveling the conversations African American mothers have with their adult daughters to negotiate diabetes. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 40 (3), 237-258. DOI: 10.1080/17475759.2011.618843.

  • 2012
  • Cooke-Jackson, A. (2012). Review: Health communication in the new media landscape (2009). Journal of Media Literacy Education, 4(1), 97-98.

  • 2013
  •  Cooke-Jackson, A. & Barnes, K. (December, 2013). Peer-to-peer mentoring among urban youth: The intersection of health communication, media literacy and digital health vignettes. Journal of Digital and Media Literacy. the-intersection-of-health-communication-media-literacy-and-digital-health- vignettes/

  • 2013
  • Kauffman, L. D., Orbe, M. P., Johnson, A. L., & Cooke-Jackson, A. (June, 2013). Memorable familial messages about sex: A qualitative content analysis of college student narratives. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 16. Available

  • 2013
  • Cooke-Jackson, A. (April, 2013). Harnessing collective social media engagement in a health communication course. Communication Teacher, 27(3), 165-171. DOI: 10.1080/17404622.2013.782415.

  • 2014

  • Cooke-Jackson, A., Orbe, M., Johnson, A., & Kauffman, L. (November 2014). Abstinence memorable messages narratives: A new exploratory research study into young adult sexual narratives. Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2014.924045.

  • 2014
  •  Cooke-Jackson, A., Orbe, M., Ricks, J., & Crosby, R. (November, 2014). Relational, pleasure, and fear-associated aspects of condom use for disease prevention: A qualitative study of high risk African American men. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 14(1), 62-68. [Online publication November 2013] DOI: 10.1080/17459435.2013.835343.

  • 2014
  • Swords, N. M., Orbe, M. P., Cooke-Jackson, A., & Johnson, A. L. (September, 2014). Exploring the Coordinated Management of Meaning of sex: The social construction of Male college student logical forces. Creative Education. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2014.515157.

  • 2014
  • Orbe, M., Johnson, A., Kauffman, L., & Cooke-Jackson, A. (June 2014). Memorable first time sexual experiences: Gendered patterns and nuances. Communication Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/01463373.2014.911764.

  • 2014
  • Cooke-Jackson, A. (May, 2014). Multicultural Campaigns. In T. Thompson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • 2014
  • Johnson, A., Orbe, M., & Cooke-Jackson, A. (April, 2014). “Let’s talk about sex”: Exploring memorable messages of students at a U.S. Southern Historically Black College/University. Howard Journal of Communication.
    DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2014.925309. 5

  • 2015
  • Cooke-Jackson, A. (2015). Calling Dr. Google: Health literacy and media literacy for at-risk urban youth. In J. Yamaskai, P. Geist-Martin, & B. F. Sharf (Eds.), Communicating health: Personal, cultural and political complexities. (pp. --) Long Grove, IL: Waveland.

Awards & Honors

  • 2001
  • University of Kentucky - Lyman T. Johnson Award for Faculty Diversity (2001 - 2003).

  • 2001
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Teaching Fellow: three year grant to diversify faculty and increase mentoring relationships with student population - Transylvania University, Lexington
    Kentucky (2001 – 2004).

  • 2003
  • Southern Regional Education Board – Faculty Scholar for Diversity in Higher Education (2003 - 2006).

  • 2011
  • World Communication Association - recipient of the Family Of Myung Seok Park Financial Award $1000 – Best Qualitative Research (2011).

  • 2014
  • Visiting Scholar at Queensland University of Technology hosted by Children and Youth Research Centre, Brisbane Australia - Collaboration with faculty Michael Dezuanni, Oksana Zelenko and other researchers, respectively (September – November, 2014).

  • 2014
  • Recipient of National Communication Assocation’s – African American Communication and Culture Division and Black Caucus Outstanding Research Article Award (November, 2014).


Behavioral Science
Health Communication
Intercultural Studies