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Thomas Cooke, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Connecticut and has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed research publications. In 2013, the American Association of Geographers honored him with its Research Excellence Award in Population Geography. Tom was a US Fulbright Scholar at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and directed the University of Connecticut's Urban Studies program, the Center for Population Research, and Connecticut's US Census Data Center.

He regularly consults with a variety of organizations such as the MacArthur Foundation, Rand, Brookings, the City of Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment, and the Connecticut Department of Education and is frequently interviewed in the media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Hartford Courant.

Most recently, he has consulted - as a GLG  council member - on the impacts of the switch to remote work on regional population change for real estate finance and as an expert witness using Census data. 

He continues to publish on issues related to the decline in US migration rates with a particular focus on migration policy, such as occupational licensing and state tax rates.






Department of Geography

University of Connecticut

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