JOHN AND DIANE COOKE PROFESSORSHIP IN CHINESE HISTORY
Established in 1994 by John and Diane Cooke

Former university trustee JOHN COOKE is president and chief executive officer of Western Territories Group, LLC. Previously, he was executive vice president for external affairs at the J. Paul Getty Trust and also served as a senior executive at the Walt Disney Company for 15 years. He was integrally involved with Hopkins for many years as chair of the Krieger School's Villa Spelman Advisory Council, as a founding member of the National Development Council for the school, and as a member of the advisory council of The Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, its Bologna (Italy) Center, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.

 

DIANE COOKE, his wife, taught middle-school English for 16 years and currently holds positions on a number of non-profit boards primarily serving the needs of women and children.

 

Image Credit: Jay Van Rensselaer/Homewood Photography WILLIAM T. ROWE, the John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History and chairman of the History Department, specializes in modern East Asian history, an interest he developed during his military service in that region. Dr. Rowe, who joined the Hopkins faculty in 1982, has written five books, the most recent of which, Crimson Rain: Seven Centuries of Violence in a Chinese Country, was published in 2007. He is currently working on History of Imperial China, Vol. 6: The Qing Period. He also serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.