Dr. North Cooc's research focuses on inequality in the experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities at three developmental phases. This includes using quantitative research methods to examine (1) who is first placed in special education, (2) how the learning trajectories of students with disabilities change over time while in school, and (3) what type of postsecondary outcomes students achieve after they leave school. His research has explored how family background, culture, and school contextual factors influence decisions and outcomes within special education. Dr. Cooc's other research interests include English learners in special education, international and comparative special education, and Asian Americans in education. His research has appeared in Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Special Education, Exceptionality, Journal of Adolescence, and AERA Open.
Prior to UT and graduate school, Dr. Cooc worked in education research and conducted evaluations of afterschool programs and literacy initiatives at Policy Studies Associates in Washington, DC. He also taught middle school English in Shizuoka, Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.