Terry A. Cooney, PhD

Rector of the Honors College, and History Professor

Terry A. Cooney

Contact Info

York Road 134F


State University of New York at Stony Brook, PhD
S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook, MA
Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude

Areas of Expertise


Dr. Terry A. Cooney has a distinguished career of effective teaching, recognized scholarly achievement, and broad based administrative experience. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970, pursued graduate work in history at SUNY Stony Brook, and received his PhD from that institution in 1976. He joined the University of Puget Sound as an assistant professor in 1976, moving through the faculty ranks to appointment as full professor in 1988. From 1989 to 1995, he served as Associate Academic Dean of the University of Puget Sound. From 1997 to 2004, he served as Academic Vice President and Dean of the University, and during the spring semester of 2001, he served as Acting President of the University of Puget Sound during a presidential sabbatical.

Dr. Cooney is the author of two books, The Rise of the New York Intellectuals: Partisan Review and Its Circle (University of Wisconsin Press, 1986) and Balancing Acts: American Thought and Culture in the 1930s (Twayne Publishers, 1986). The author of numerous essays and book reviews, he has presented his research before diverse academic and general audiences on various topics of 20th century history and culture.

Courses Taught

Fall 2023  
HONR 370 Honors Seminar Adavanced Topics
Title: Resonant Ideas: 20th-C America