Matthew Cook, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography and Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. As of Winter 2019, I am also a Second Bachelor’s student in Music, studying voice at EMU (technically, my third bachelors degree—I might, ahem, have an addiction…)
I earned my Ph.D. (2016) and M.S. (2012) in Geography from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I am a broadly trained cultural and historical geographer interested in race, social and spatial justice, public/critical pedagogy, popular culture, with regional interests in the United States (particularly the South), Europe, and Oceania. My ongoing research focuses on memory, race, and museums in the U.S.
Doubling as personal website and blog, this website primarily serves as both a central gathering listing point for professional accomplishments, research, and personal interests, particularly my thoughts on geography, photography, music, and life in general.
- In addition to my academic interests, I am also an avid semi-vocational professional singer. I discovered my passion for choral music during my undergrad at UT Martin, where I sang with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers under the direction of Dr. Mark Simmons, including several choir tours across the United States.
- In my spare time (of which there is very little!), I like to hang out with my wife (Karen) and our two dogs (Kate and Story), and pursue my passions of singing, photography, and long-distance running. I am also a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.