Faculty Profile

Abigail Cooke.

Abigail Cooke

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Geography, University of California Los Angeles, 2014

Professional experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Geography, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

I was lucky to happen upon a number of wonderful mentors before and during graduate school, many of whom I still count as mentors now. These were people who encouraged me to push myself further than I thought I might go, but also reflect on what I really wanted to do and what made me happy. Encouraging this practice of working hard for things you really want and the processes of figuring out what you want and how to work hard to get it, is a big part of mentoring in my view.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.

Abigail adds: I have some experience working at the U.S. Census Bureau. There are a lot of really smart, great PhD's working in the federal government.

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.