140 Strong Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Dr. Matthew Cook (aka Dr. Matt to his students) studied cultural and historical geography at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville culminating in his dissertation, "A Critical Historical Geography of Slavery in the US South." His MS, also from UT Knoxville, focused on public memory of the Holocaust in Germany. He holds B.S. degrees in Geosciences and Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
In 2021, Dr. Cook was awarded EMU's Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching I (awarded to faculty with less than five years of teaching experience).
Dr. Cook's research interests focus on geographies of memory, historical interpretation, and race relations in the United States. His current NSF-funded project (Award #2026316, The Role of Museums in the Landscape of Minority Representation) addresses how museums around the country respond to expanding geographies of racism and racial violence. Focusing specifically on African American historical and cultural narratives, the three-year study asks, "What is the role of the museum in the 21st century?" and "How do American museums change and adapt their narrative emphases in response to contemporary events?".
Dr. Cook's most recent co-authored articles are: