- International Academies (1995)
- Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slavic Language and Literature
- John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (1994)
Henry R. Cooper, Jr. graduated from Bronx High School of Science of New York City in 1963, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York in 1967, a Master's Degree in Slavic literatures and a Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic literatures from Columbia University in the City of New York.
He taught Russian and Polish at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, from 1974 to 1981, and taught Russian and South Slavic languages at Indiana University from 1981 to 2010, serving as director of the Russian and East European Institute, Acting Dean for International Programs, and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. For ten years he was chair of the board of Slavica Publishers of Indiana University. He has also served on Fulbright and ACLS selection committees. He has received significant grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for International Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of State.He has been a member and past president of the Society for Slovene Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association, the Bulgarian Studies Association, the North American Serbian Studies Association, the Early Slavic Literature Association the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius, and other professional organizations.
His writings include scholarly monographs and articles on Slavic literatures and Slavic literary history as well as translations of prose and poetry from Slovene, Serbian, and Croatian. He is the author or co-author of several anthologies of South Slavic literatures in English translation, and has served as editor of Slovene Studies: Journal of the Society for Slovene Studies. His principal works include The Igor Tale: An Annotated Bibliography of Twentieth-Century Non-Soviet Scholarship on the Slovo o polku Igoreve, 1978; Papers in Slovene Studies, 1978; The Language of Pushkin, 1980, revised 1994; Indiana Slavic Studies: A Volume to Honor William Edgerton, 1990; Bilingual Anthology of Slovene Literature, 2003; and Anthology of Croatian Literature. Additionally, he has published over 100 scholarly articles and book reviews.
His honors and recognitions include: Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter (C.C.N.Y.), 1966; Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society, C.C.N.Y.), 1966; Graduate Honors in Slavic, CCNY, 1966-67; Prize for Papers in Problems of Slovene Culture, 1976-77; Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Gold Star, 1989; Zahvala (Acknowledgment), Government of the Republic of Slovenia, 1992; and the John W. Ryan Award for International Service, Indiana University, 1994. He has also received the following fellowships and awards, among many others: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1967; Fellow of the Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1968; President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1971-73; Fulbright Fellowship (Poland), 1974; Fellowship, Russian and East European Center, University of Illinois, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985; President's Council on International Programs Research Award, Indiana University, 1982; REEI Summer Fellowship, 1985; ACLS-JCEE Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1988-89; and an Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2003.