Dr. Cook attended Texas A&M University (B.S., 1988). He completed his graduate education at Florida State University (M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1999) where he was a Teaching Associate and a member of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution. Dr. Cook's dissertation, "Prince Karl Philipp zu Schwarzenberg and Napoleon: Franco-Austrian Relations, 1800-1815," was completed after extensive archival research in France, Austria, and the Czech Republic. He has published articles on European diplomacy in 1809, Napoleon's marriage to Marie Louise in 1810, and the campaigns of 1812 and 1813. In addition, Dr. Cook has presented at the Society for Military History.
Dr. Cook is an Academic Fellow of the Société Napoleonienne Internationale, and a member of Le Souvenir Napoleonien. He is a faculty advisor for the History Club at Jacksonville State University