John M. Cooper (born 1940) is an American historian, author, and educator. His specialization is late 19th and early 20th century American Diplomatic History. Cooper is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His most recent book, Woodrow Wilson: A Biography, was published in 2009. It is described as "the first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades." The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.
- Princeton University, summa cum laude, 1961
- Columbia University, PhD, 1968
- The Vanity of Power; American Isolationism and the First World War. 1914-1917. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Publishing Corp., 1969
- Editor, Causes and Consequences of World War I. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1972
- Walter Hines Page: The Southerner as American,1855-1918. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1977
- The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. Cambridge, Mass.,: Harvard University Press, 1983
- Pivotal Decades: The United States 1900-1920. New York W.W. Norton & Co., 1990
- Editor with Charles E. Neu, The Wilson Era: Essays in Honor of Arthur S. Link. Arlington Heights, ILL., Harlan Davidson, Inc., 1991
- Breaking the Heart of the World: Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001
- Woodrow Wilson: A Biography. New York: Vintage: 2011