B.A., Calvin College
M.A., Calvin College
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Kathy Cooke studies the history of biology, reproduction, and agriculture in American history, especially breeding and social reform movements such as the American eugenics movement of the early 20th century. Her 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. Cooke has also held post-doctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Yale University, and research fellowships at Cornell University and the American Philosophical Society. She currently is Dean of the Honors College at USA.
“’Who Wants White Carrots?’: Congressional Seed Distribution, 1862-1923,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 17 (2018), no. 3, 475-500.
"Cultivating Awareness in Honors: First-Person Noting and Contemplative Practices,” Honors in Practice, 11 (2015), 189-201.
“Generation(s) and (Re)generation: Group Identity in Colonial New England,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 23 (2014), no. 3, 333-357.
“Crop and Livestock Improvement in Connecticut Towns,” in Voices of the New Republic: Connecticut Towns, 1800-1832, vol. 2, What We Think. Howard Lamar, ed. New Haven: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003.
“Expertise, Book Farming, and Government Agriculture: The Origins of Agricultural Seed Certification in the United States,” Agricultural History 76 (2002) no. 3, pp. 524-545.
“Duty or Dream? Edwin G. Conklin’s Critique of Eugenics and Support for American Individualism,” Journal of the History of Biology 35 (2002), pp. 365-384.
“The Limits of Heredity: Nature and Nurture in American Eugenics before 1915,” Journal of the History of Biology 31 (1998), pp. 263-278.
“Human Fertility and Differential Birth Rates in American Eugenics and Genetics: A Brief History,” Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 65 (1998), pp. 161-166.
“Twisting the Ladder of Science: Pure and Practical Goals in Twentieth Century Studies of Inheritance,” Endeavour 22 (1998), pp. 12-16.
“From Science to Practice, or Practice to Science? Chickens and Eggs in Raymond Pearl’s Agricultural Research, 1906-1916,” Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 88 (1997) pp. 62-86.
“An American Gospel of Social Evolution: Religion, Education, and Biology in the Thought of Edwin Grant Conklin,” University Microfilms, Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 1994.
“Darwin on Man in the Origin of Species: An Addendum to the Bajema-Bowler Debate,” Journal of the History of Biology 23 (1990) pp. 517-521.