A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy, Professor Cook graduated from the Yale Law School and practiced venture capital and corporate law. He has completed two post-graduate fellowships, the first in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government and the second in Religion and Public Values at the Harvard Divinity School. He teaches interrelated courses in progressive politics and law, race and the Constitution, and social movements and inequality. He also teaches an experimental and community service course focused on community economic development and economic democracy – advising for-profit, nonprofit and cooperative ventures, particularly those seeking to have a positive social impact in underserved communities, on a range of legal and business issues. The course highlights the role of lawyers in social movements and the impact of those movements on the development of constitutional law, interrogating the ways in which social movements challenge and/or re-enforce inequality and stratification. Professor Cook’s scholarship has explored the relationship between progressive religious theology and progressive politics in America. His book, The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture, explores the relevance of the social gospel and Dr. Martin Luther King’s conception of the Beloved Community for race, class and cultural divides in American Society. For his work as a scholar and community activist who has worked with various grassroots and faith-based initiatives on community empowerment and economic development projects, the American Bar Association honored Professor Cook as One of 21 Lawyers Leading America into the 21st Century, citing his “unique synergy of action and thought.”
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Responding To Gentrification Lawsuit, City Says Effects Of Development Have Been Positive," coverage by NPR/WAMU, June 29, 2018, quoting Professor Anthony Cook.
"African Americans Are Out and the “Creative Class” Is In, Claims DC Lawsuit," coverage in NPQ, June 20, 2018, featuring Professor Anthony Cook.
"D.C. Is Being Sued For Gentrifying. Here's What To Know About The Case", coverage in DCIST, June 15, 2018, quoting Professor Anthony Cook.
"‘The newspaper put us in danger’: family fights back after story branded their son a criminal," coverage by The Guardian, May 4, 2018, quoting Professor Anthony Cook.