Assistant Professor, Historic Preservation & Geography
Expertise: Cultural and historical geography, United States South, Public memory (commemorations, statues, etc.), Geographies of race and social justice, Historic Preservation, Tourism
Dr. Matthew Cook 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 M.S., also from UT Knoxville, focused on public memory of the Holocaust in Germany. His bachelor's degrees in both Geosciences and Communications are from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Dr. Cook is an assistant professor, teaching primarily in the EMU Historic Preservation Program. His ongoing research and scholarly interests focus on the geographies of public memory, historical interpretation and race relations in the United States. Dr. Cook's current research addresses how museums around the country have responded to expanding geographies of racism and racial violence. Focusing specifically on African American historical and cultural narratives, the proposed project is the first stage of research in a larger planned study that 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?”.