Dr. Copes is a communication, culture, and media studies scholar, and has taught communication courses for over 20 years. Her research interests include in ethnic identity, mass media representations and political communication. In addition to teaching at Howard University, Dr. Copes is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Communications at Anne Arundel Community College, where she co-leads Just Us: Social Justice for a Just World, a learning community designed for communication and sociology students. Her earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Howard University and B.S. in Speech Communication at Syracuse University.