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Ted M. Coopman earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Fresno State, an M.S. in Mass Communications at San Jose State and a Ph.D. in Communication, University of Washington. Ted teaches both in the Departments of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre and Communication Studies. His teaching involves research methods, theory, history, law, and policy, media economics, communication and culture, and new media. Ted earned an Award of Excellence from the American College Theatre Festival as a cast member of Taming of the Shrew. He was a founding member and served as Director of Promotion and Development and later General Manager of KRFH-AM a carrier current radio station at Humboldt State and as host of The Disorient Express music program as well as 5 on Film a movie review show on NPR affiliate KHSU in Arcata, CA. He has also worked as a film extra on a variety of movies shot in the Santa Cruz area including Lost Boys. Ted’s research on free radio, media-based social movements, and the use of technology by activists is informed by his own experiences as a long-time community organizer. His research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the Journal of Radio Studies, the American Communication Journal, 2nd Internet Research Annual, and Political Communication as well as in the edited volumes “Representing Resistance: Media, Civil Disobedience, and the Global Justice Movement” (Greenwood), and “Communication Activism, Vol. 2” (Hampton Press). His research has earned an Article of the Year Award for the American Communication Journal, and top student paper awards from the Association of Internet Researchers, the Mass Communication and Group Divisions of the National Communication Association and co-authored a top paper in the Communication Theory Interest Group, Western States Communication Association. Ted is co-authoring two textbooks, Small Group Communication: A Practical Guide for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill) and The Evolving Art of Human Communication (Cengage Learning). He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers. Ted lives in Santa Cruz with his spouse Stephanie and their dog River.