Kathy J. Cooke

Kathy J. Cooke

Professor of History
Director of the University's Honor Program

BA, Calvin College; MA, PhD, The University of Chicago

Echlin Center  213

203 582-3475

HS 210(UC) Contemporary America   -   January Term 2016
HS 210(UC) Contemporary America   -   Spring 2016
HS 210H   (UC) Honors Contemporary America   -   Spring 2016
HS 501Special Topics   -   Spring 2016


I enjoy the duties of Professor of History and founding Director of the University Honors Program. My research specializations include the history of breeding and reform in the United States in particular during the early twentieth century. The focus of my work is the history of eugenics and race betterment movements, and my current project on the "drive for purity" in the United States received substantial support from the National Science Foundation in the form of a multi-year Scholar's Grant. In addition to my current full-time position at Quinnipiac University I have held post-doctoral positions at Caltech and Yale University, and research fellowships at Cornell and the American Philosophical Society.