Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Suban Nur Cooley
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Suban Nur Cooley

PhD Student

Office: 273 Bessey Hall

Email: cooleys7@msu.edu

Twitter: @subannurcooley


Research Areas

Cultural rhetorics, Somali diaspora, international development, gender, identity, displacement, digital technologies, cultural continuity, migration.


Suban Nur Cooley is a PhD student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests are focused on identity formation, womyn in diasporic communities, how digital technologies have an impact on displaced populations, and the way transnational imagined communities utilize digital spaces for social justice and change. Furthermore, she wants to look closely at how identity is affected by memory, assimilation, and displacement. Prior to graduate school, she worked for more than 10 years in writing, communications, and digital content strategy for organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Dart Container, and the Michigan League for Public Policy, to name a few. Suban is also a proud member of the Somali diaspora, a spoken word artist and storyteller with a passion for community, travel, and quixotic adventures.

Awards and Recognitions

CASID and GenCen Flas Fellow 2016-17
Rasmussen Fellow 2016 

Research or Academic Affiliations