Will Cooley is a historian of the twentieth century United States. His scholarly work examines race, labor relations, and upward mobility. He has published in the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues and has also written entries for American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas and Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. He has forthcoming articles in Labor History and The Oxford Handbook on Immigration and Ethnicity. His current book project details racial discrimination and the making of the modern American middle class.
Cooley is also active in criminal justice reform efforts. His articles have appeared in the Canton Repository and the Catholic Exponent. In 2012, the Stark County Bar Association awarded him the Liberty Bell Award. The award is presented annually to one citizen who has rendered outstanding service to the community.
Cooley teaches a range of courses, including American Catholic History, 20th Century United States, African American Experience, Sport History, and the Industrial Revolution in the World.
Cooley lives in North Canton with his wife, Melissa Kath, and daughter, Ella.