Mark Cooper Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America

Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is a former Yale University and Fulbright Fellow. He is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, a Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and a Fellow at The Donald McGannon Communications Center of Fordham University. He has provided expert testimony in over 250 cases for public interest clients including Attorneys General, People’s Counsels, and citizen interveners before state and federal agencies, courts and legislators in almost four dozen jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Cooper has published numerous books and articles on energy, telecommunications and high technology industries.

He is the author of seven– The Case Against Media Consolidation (Donald McGannon Center for Communications Research 2006), Open Architecture as Communications Policy (Center for Internet and Society, 2004), Media Ownership and Democracy in the Digital Information Age: Promoting Diversity with First Amendment Principles and Market Structure Analysis (Center for Internet and Society, 2003), Cable Mergers and Monopolies: Market Power in Digital Media and Communications Networks (Economic Policy Institute, 2002), Energy and Equity: Rising Energy Prices and the Living Standard of Lower Income Americans (Westview Press, 1982); The Transformation of Egypt (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002)

His energy related publications include:

“The Failure of Federal Authorities to Protect American Energy Consumers from Market Power and Other Abusive Practices,” Loyola consumer Law Review, 19:4 (2007); 50 by 2030: Why $3.00 Gasoline Makes the 50-Miles Per Gallon Car Feasible, Affordable and Economic (May 2006)

The Role of Supply, Demand, Industry Behavior and Financial Markets in the Gasoline Price Spiral (Prepared for Wisconsin Attorney General Peggy A. Lautenslager, May 2006); The Role of Supply, Demand and Financial Markets in the Natural Gas Price Spiral (prepared for the Midwest Attorneys General Natural Gas Working Group: Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, March 2006)

The Impact of Rising Prices on Household Gasoline Expenditures (Consumer Federation of America, September 2005); “Too Much Deregulation or Not Enough,” Natural Gas and Electricity, June 2004; “Real Energy Crisis is $200 Billion Natural Gas Price Increase,” Natural Gas and Electricity, August 2004; “Regulators Should Regain Control to Prevent Abuses During Scarcity,” Natural Gas, August 2003; “Recognizing the Limits of Markets, Rediscovering Public Interest in Utilities,” in Robert E. Willett (ed), Electric and Natural Gas Business: Understanding It! (2003 and Beyond) (Houston: Financial Communications: 2003); “Economics of Power: Heading for the Exits, Deregulated Electricity Markets Not Working Well,” Natural Gas, 19:5, December 2002; “Let’s Go Back,” Public Power, November-December 2002; "Protecting the Public Interest in the Transition to Competition in New York Industries," The Electric Utility Industry in Transition (Public Utilities Reports, Inc. & the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, 1994); "The Seven Percent Solution: Energy Prices, Energy Policy and the Economic Collapse of the 1970s," in Energy Concerns and American Families in the 1980s (Washington, D.C.: The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, 1983); "Policy Packaging for Energy Conservation: Creating and Assessing Policy Packages," in Jeffrey Harris and Jack Hollander (Eds.), Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Progress and Problems (American Council for An Energy Efficient Economy, 1982).