Joseph Cooper, a distinguished professor of social sciences at Rice University, is to be the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University.
Cooper was appointed Monday by the executive committee of the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees. His selection was recommended by Hopkins President William Richardson.
"Dr. Cooper is a distinguished scholar . . . and a seasoned administrator who brings to us a wealth of experience," Richardson said.
Cooper, who assumes his new post Sept. 1, said he is eager to begin. He is currently president of the Rice Institute for Policy Analysis.
"It's always sad to leave a place where you have friends and colleagues you truly value, but I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead at Johns Hopkins," Cooper said. "I'm very excited about working with Bill Richardson and all the divisions at Hopkins to move a great university forward."
Cooper graduated from Harvard University, where he earned undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. His first job was a faculty position in the Department of Government at Rice, which is in Houston.
At Rice, he developed the School of Social Sciences, the Social ** Science Computer Laboratory and the policy analysis institute.
Cooper has published numerous books and articles on the U.S. House of Representatives, the chamber's committee system, the legislative veto and other aspects of the federal lawmaking and regulation processes.
Cooper, who will succeed M. Gordon Wolman, will report directly to Richardson at Hopkins.