Supervision and teaching
Dr Cook is happy to discuss the supervision of projects on 19th- and 20th-century cultural and urban history and on the history of gender and sexuality. If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.
He is also interested in interdisciplinary projects and is happy to co-supervise with Birkbeck colleagues working in other schools and departments.
He is currently supervising doctoral projects on:
- Bachelor domesticities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Medical treatments for homosexuality in the post world war II period
- Concepts of euphoria
- The Ghanaian community in London.
- Cuckolding and chastity
- Folk music in post war London
- Fandom and sexuality
Doctoral projects on nineteenth-century domestic murder and on Victorian anglo-catholicism and queer theory have recently been successfully completed.
Dr Cook is a member of the convening team for Birkbeck's Master's programmes in gender and sexuality studies MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture; MSc Gender Sexuality and Society.
He teaches on the core modules 'Theorizing Gender' and 'Masculinities/Femininities', and leads option modules on 'Sex, Gender and the City' and 'Queer Histories, Queer Cultures'.
Until 2008 Dr Cook was responsible for Birkbeck's Certificate in Higher Education history programme and taught a number of modules, including
- 'Queer Histories: London's lesbian and gay past'
- 'Constructing the Capital: London in the nineteenth century'
- 'Constructing the Metropolis: London in the twentieth century'
Dr Cook has previously also taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on class in the nineteenth century and on Victorian literature and culture.