Thomas Cooke

Dr. Thomas Cooke

Ph.D., Indiana University (1993)

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests:

Internal migration and spatial dimensions of poverty

UConn Geography Research Cluster:

Spatial Analysis of Social Issues


My interests overlap with population, urban, and economic geography - with a primary interest in the interplay between spatial mobility and inequality. Specific areas of research include (1) the spatial concentration and suburbanization of poverty, (2) family migration decisions and their outcomes for women’s employment, and (3) the long-term decline in migration within the United States. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my wife and 5 children.


Geography 3200:  Urban Geography

Representative Recent Publications

Cooke, T. J. & Shuttleworth, I. (forthcoming). The Effects of Information and Communication Technologies on Residential Mobility and Migration. Population, Space and Place.

Cooke T. J., C.H. Mulder and M. J. Thomas. 2016. Union Dissolution and Migration. Demographic Research. 34(26): 741-760.

Cooke T. J. and C. Denton. 2015. The Suburbanization of Poverty? An Alternative Perspective. Urban Geography. 36(2): 300-313.

Awards and Honors

Co-Editor, Urban Geography, 2015-2019.

U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Department of Demography, University of Groningen, 2014.