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 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, and is working his dissertation into a book tentatively titled Chivalry and Governance in Malory’s Morte Darthur and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, currently with Boydell & Brewer. He is Assistant Professor of English at Rochester University and the Vice-President of the International Courtly Literature Society’s North American Branch.
Beyond research, Dr. Cooper’s poety has been published in Forma and North American Anglican. He is also an accomplished pianist and organist: a church music director in the Archdiocese of Detroit during the early 2000s, he also taught piano, composition, and music theory. His extracurricular interests include reading and writing poetry, attending performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre, and watching that greatest of all sports: Test Cricket.