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Politics and International Relations

Zachary Cook

Zachary Cook

Assistant Professor of Politics



Parties and elections
Public opinion


PhD political science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
BA political science, Williams College, Massachusetts

Courses Taught

Politics 220/IREL 249: Methods of Political Research
Politics 227: Campaigns and Elections
American Political System, Explore Chicago: Representatives and Representation, American Presidency, Classical Political Thought, Congress and the Legislative Process, Political Parties and Elections, Money and Politics

Research in Progress

In the process of submitting book on the public opinion of younger Americans (today and in the past) to academic publishers. The book has been offered a contract by Lexington Books, and I continue to test the waters. Ongoing papers near submission for review include: 

Using classical political thought to theorize voter turnout and political socialization

The importance of President Woodrow Wilson’s first term domestic record as an earlier example of the politics of inequality


Zachary F. Cook, “Measuring Partisan Regimes: Elites Tell Us Who Their Reconstructives Are,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol 47, No. 4 (2017): 695-719.

Zachary F. Cook, “How Political Professional’s Perceive the Youth Vote,” Midwest PSA, April 2017

Zachary F. Cook, “Were the ‘Silent’ and ‘Greatest Generation’ Liberals When They Were Young?,” Midwest PSA, Apr. 2016

Zachary F. Cook, “A Great Regime Needs a Great Man,” Midwest PSA, Apr.2015

Zachary F. Cook, “Can We Impute Preferences to Voters By Age?,”
Southern PSA, January 2015

Zachary F. Cook, “Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s Shrinking Rhetoric on Global Warming,” Midwest PSA, Apr.2014

Zachary F. Cook, “Updating Neustadt,“Southern PSA,” January 2014 (paper nominated.for award )

Zachary F. Cook, “How Impressionable Were the Younger Reagan Cohorts?,” The Forum, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2014

Conferences, Workshops, Presentations, Reviews, Interviews

Manuscript Reviewer, American Politics Research, 2017

Panelist, “Creating a Sense of Community in Explore Chicago,” DePaul First Year Program Best Practices Conference, May 2017

Media Interview: Vivanco, Leonor. “Mayoral Candidates Try to Rock the Millennial Vote,” Chicago Red Eye, February 9, 2015

Media Interview: Vivanco, Leonor. “Do the Mayoral Debates Matter?,”  Chicago Red Eye, March 15, 2015

Panel Chair, Midwest PSA annual meetings 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012

Panel Chair, Southern PSA annual meetings 2014, 2013, 2012

Panel Discussant, Midwest PSA annual meetings 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010

Awards and Honors

Honored Instructor, DePaul Pi Sigma Alpha Society, 2017
Northwestern Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow 2000, 2001
Northwestern Political Science Farrell Award for Best TA, 1998