Dr. Emily Cook

Part-Time Faculty, History


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 252
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Although a native of Mississippi, Emily Cook joined the UAH faculty in 2000 after moving to the Huntsville area from Seattle, Washington. There she worked for The Boeing Company designing off-sites for Boeing's senior management and consulting on its Global Leadership Program. Before that, Dr. Cook taught history at University of Massachusetts Boston, Babson College, and Old Dominion University.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Cook owns and operates QED Analytics, Inc., a business and analytical services firm primarily serving government customers. She is currently Principal Investigator on a contract QED holds with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center to write a history of its missions in Afghanistan since 2009.

Dr. Cook earned her doctorate in history at Vanderbilt University in 1995, specializing in Twentieth Century America, Politics and Public Policy. In her spare time she enjoys triathlons, reading, and camping. She resides in Madison with her husband, Will, and her three children, one of whom is a student at UAH.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., History, Vanderbilt University, 1995
  • M.A., History, Vanderbilt University, 1991
  • B.A., History, Millsaps College, 1990

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Grant-in-Aid of Research, Gerald R. Ford Foundation, 1996.
  • Recipient, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1993.
  • Recipient, Wiltshire Graduate Writing Prize, Vanderbilt University, 1992.

Recent Publications

  • Emily W. Cook and Glenda B. Mitchell, Testing the Way: A History of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center 1996-2014. Written in fulfillment of a Prime contract award from NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, 2018.

  • Author, “The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center: History of Mission in Afghanistan, 2009-2017” Commissioned by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center, 2017.

  • Guest Lecturer, Women’s History Month, Federal Women’s Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, March, 2000.

  • “Whiplashed: Jimmy Carter, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the Idaho v. Freeman Case” presented at the Conference on The Carter Presidency: Policy Choices in the Post New Deal Era, Jimmy Carter Library, February, 1997.

  • Contributor to “Adjunct Faculty: A Buyer’s Market,” Organization of American Historians Newsletter, November, 1996.

  • Contributor of essays on Emma Goldman, Mary Baker Eddy, Susan B. Anthony, and Betty Friedan to The Reader’s Guide to American History, Fitzroy and Dearborn Publishers, London, England, 1996.

  • “Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter’s Team Effort to Win the Equal Rights Amendment’s Ratification,” guest lecture to the Phi Alpha Theta Chapter, Old Dominion University, September, 1996.

  • “‘But she won’t set foot in his turtledove Nash:’ Gender Roles and Gender Symbolism in Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah,” College Language Association Journal, March, 1995.