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Ph.D. Communication Research, Stanford University;

B.A. German and French, Oxford University.

Cook is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, where he is also Professor of Psychology and of Education and Social Policy and a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. He was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Adolescence in High Risk Settings and is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and a member of its Committee on the Future of Work.

Cook has contributed to evaluation through exploring methods for inferring causation and for probing the generalization of causal hypotheses. He is substantively interested in educational evaluation, especially as it concerns preschool programs (Sesame Street), whole-school reform initiatives (James Comer's School Development Program), and understanding why experimentation has been ...

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