Photo of Robert CookRobert Cook
Emeritus Professor of American History


I enjoy teaching undergraduate courses at Sussex on the coming of the American Civil War, Civil War memory and African American history since Reconstruction and in 2019 taught an MA course on modern African American history at the Charles University in Prague. At Sussex I have supervised and contiune to supervise postgraduate students on a range of topics including the reconstruction of the Democratic Party after 1865, uses of Civil War memory by the Republican party in the 1960s and evolving meanings of totalitarianism in American intellectual life.  I welcome enquiries from prospective MPhil and DPhil candidates working on topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history, especially (but not exclusively) Civil War-era politics and society, Civil War memory and the modern civil rights movement.