John Paul Cook Assistant Professor of Mathematics

John Paul Cook

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Room 211B | Austin Hall


Dr. John Paul Cook joined the USAO faculty in Fall 2012.  His mathematical research interests include algebraic number theory and the representation theory of finite groups. 

Dr. Cook maintains an active research program devoted to researching and developing high-quality methods of instruction for advanced mathematics courses.  Two of his research papers have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the past year.  Dr. Cook has been invited by members of his research field to give a featured address on one of these papers at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, and recently received a grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation to support his research endeavors.

The USAO News Bureau recently wrote a feature story on Dr. Cook's research (you can read it here:  /news/research-yields-prime-conference-spot-publication). 

Dr. Cook's wife, Regina, is a Ph.D. student in public health.  They have two children.

For more information (including more information about Dr. Cook's research interests), please visit:

Courses taught:

  • Modern Algebra I (group theory) 
  • Modern Algebra II (ring theory)
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus I-IV
  • Trigonometry
  • Mathematics in the Modern World


Ph.D, Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2012



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