S. P. Cooper has a Ph.D. in English Literary and Cultural Studies focusing on the late mediæval period. His scholarship is in Arthurian literature and the intersections between chivalry, kingship, and the Church. He has presented and organised many panels at the International Congress on Mediæval Studies, and he has a chapter entitled “The Decline of Chivalry: Performative Courtliness in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur” in a forthcoming volume edited by Gloria Allaire and Julie Human. He was formerly Assistant Professor of English at Rochester University and is currently the Vice-President of the International Courtly Literature Society’s North American Branch.
Beyond research, Dr. Cooper’s poetry has been published in Forma and North American Anglican, and he is an accomplished pianist and organist: a church music director in the Archdiocese of Detroit during the early 2000s, he also taught piano at regional music academies. His extracurricular interests include attending performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre, and watching that greatest of all sports: Test Cricket.