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Brad Cook - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Brad Cook Brad Cook

Provost and Executive Vice President; Professor of History | Southern Utah University


An administrator specializing in Middle East studies with an ambitious agenda for academics, research, and publication



Southern Utah University’s seventh provost, Dr. Bradley J. Cook has advanced an ambitious academic agenda at SUU. His focus has been to establish the institution as a national leader in student-centered, highly engaged learning environments.

In addition to the EDGE program receiving the National Society for Experiential Education's Outstanding Experiential Program Award in 2015, national rankings for the university have climbed making “Best College” lists by several publications. “Princeton Review” recently named SUU a “Best Value College,” the only Utah institution to make the list. SUU has the 3rd lowest student debt in the West and offers one of the best value propositions in the nation as identified by the “US News and World Report.”

Dr. Cook holds the rank of full professor within the Department of History. He has more than 20 years of administrative experience in higher education, fourteen of which have been spent as a provost or president. His scholarly work, “Democracy and Islam: Promises and Perils for the Arab Spring Protests,” in the “Journal of Global Responsibility,” was recognized by the Emerald Literati Networks as 2013’s Outstanding Paper. He is also author of the book, “Classical Foundations of Islamic Educational Thought,” published by Brigham Young University Press. He has special research interests in Islamic educational theory, comparative religion and international and comparative education. Dr. Cook is active in his academic field, chairing and presenting regularly at international conferences and symposia as well as maintaining a consistent research and publication agenda. His publications can be found in a variety of academic journals.

At Stanford University, Dr. Cook earned a B.A. degree in international relations and an M.A. degree in social science of education. At University of Oxford, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Middle East Studies.



Brad Cook Publication



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Industry Expertise (5)

Education/Learning Public Relations and Communications Research Writing and Editing International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (11)

Comparative Religion Studies Education and Educational Leadership Egyptian Educational Theory Egyptian Public Policy History International and Comparative Education Islam and the Middle East Islamic Educational Theory Leadership in Higher Education Middle East Studies Philosophical Inquiry

Accomplishments (1)

Book Published: Classical Foundations of Islamic Educational Thought (professional)

Education has always been an important pursuit in Islam. Within the religion, educational theory and practice were founded on the work of itinerant teachers. In this volume, Bradley J. Cook, with assistance from Fathi H. Malkawi, has drawn together and introduced selections from the writings of eminent Islamic thinkers on the subject of Islamic educational efforts, presenting the original Arabic texts alongside their annotated English translations. Brigham Young University Press, 2010.

Education (3)

Stanford University: B.A., International Relations

Activities and Societies: Stanford Football

Stanford University: M.A., Social Science of Education

University of Oxford: Ph.D., Middle East Studies

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Arabic

Media Appearances (5)

New Presidents or Provosts: The Citadel, Colorado School of Mines, Elizabethtown College, Fordham U, Gonzaga U, Maine CC System, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Snow College

Inside Higher Ed  online


Bradley J. Cook, provost at Southern Utah University, has been selected as president of Snow College, also in Utah.

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‘Let’s be bold’: Bradley Cook — a Snow College alumnus — named new president for the rural Utah school

The Salt Lake Tribune  online


Some 35 years ago, Bradley Cook came to Snow College as a nervous freshman ready to play cornerback for the football team but unsure of much else. He had no idea what he was going to study or what he wanted to do with his life or what he needed to do to figure it out.
On Friday, Cook returned to the rural Utah school with more direction: He was named the next president and tasked with leading the campus of 5,500 students.
“This amazing, incredible place gave me a start,” he said after the announcement. “I owe a lot to Snow College, and I commit to give back to it.”

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Southern Utah University Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction Read more: KCSG Television - Southern Utah University Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

KCSG TV  online


Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Southern Utah University earned the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. SUU is the only public university in Utah named with this prestigious designation.

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SUU ranked among top schools by national press

The Spectrum  online


At Southern Utah University, President Scott Wyatt can often be heard during speeches giving remarks about how SUU is among the best universities in the region.

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SUU celebrates Aspiring Women in Technology

Iron County Today  print


The Southern Utah Aspirations in Computing (AiC) awards ceremony took place April 16 in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center. The National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school girls who are active and interested in computing and technology.

Articles (3)

Democracy and Islam: Promises and Perils for the Arab Spring Protests Journal of Global Responsibility

Cook, Bradley J., & Stathis, Michael

Democracy and Islam are both capable of multiple interpretations and applications. Islam possesses ideological resources that provide justification for a wide spectrum of political models. However, the compatibility of Islam and democracy relies on the critical questions of: “whose Islam” and “what Islam,” and “whose democracy” and “what democracy.” The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibilities and challenges of the recent democratic transitions in the Muslim world.

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Transformative Learning: UAE, Women, and Higher Education Journal of Global Responsibility

Madsen, Susan R. & Cook, Bradley J.

Research on education for women in the Arab world is just beginning to unfold. In some countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, higher education for women has only been encouraged for the last few decades. Research that explores the perceptions of women in college learning environments is important to discover better ways of educating Emirati women for lifelong learning. This paper aims to address these issues.

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Islamic Banking and Finance in Theory and Practice: The Experience of Malaysia and Bahrain American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

Samad, Abdus & Gardner, Norman D. & Cook, Bradley J.


This paper's primary objective is to identify the relative importance of various Islamic financial products, in theory and in practice, by examining the financing records of the Bank Islam Malaysia (Berhad) and the Bahrain Islamic Bank. Currently, seven available Islamic financing products are considered viable alternatives to interest-based conventional contracts: mudarabah (trust financing), musharakah (equity financing), ijarah (lease ...

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Courses (3)

Comparative Religions

SUU Honors Program

Islam: History, Politics, Religion

SUU Honors Program

HONR 4010 Contemporary Issues/Convocations

Students study a specific topic or theme. Communication and general analytical skills are stressed. Students will attend selected Convocation presentations. An interdisciplinary faculty team will teach the course.