Anthony E. Cook

Professor of Law

B.A., Princeton; J.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Rights and Discrimination, Constitutional Law, Interdisciplinary, Social Welfare

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...

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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."

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Anthony E. Cook, The Moynihan Report and the Neo-Conservative Backlash to the Civil Rights Movement, 8 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 1-34 (2016).    [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, The Ghosts of 1964: Race, Reagan, and the Neo-Conservative Backlash to the Civil Rights Movement, 6 Ala. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. 81-119 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, Encountering the Other: Evangelicalism and Terrorism in a Post 911 World, 20 J.L. & Religion 1-30 (2004/2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, King and the Beloved Community: A Communitarian Defense of Black Reparations, 68 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 959-1014 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Anthony E. Cook, From Southern Strategy to National Strategy: How the Christian Right Is Transforming Church-State Relations, in Faith in America: Changes, Challenges, New Directions 79-103 (Charles H. Lippy ed., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2006).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Anthony E. Cook, The Moynihan Report and the Neo-Conservative Backlash to the Civil Rights Movement, 8 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 1-34 (2016).    [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, The Ghosts of 1964: Race, Reagan, and the Neo-Conservative Backlash to the Civil Rights Movement, 6 Ala. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. 81-119 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, Encountering the Other: Evangelicalism and Terrorism in a Post 911 World, 20 J.L. & Religion 1-30 (2004/2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Anthony E. Cook, King and the Beloved Community: A Communitarian Defense of Black Reparations, 68 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 959-1014 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Anthony E. Cook, From Southern Strategy to National Strategy: How the Christian Right Is Transforming Church-State Relations, in Faith in America: Changes, Challenges, New Directions 79-103 (Charles H. Lippy ed., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Anthony E. Cook, Toward a Normative Framework of a Love-Based Community, in Law and Religion: A Critical Anthology 373-382 (Stephen M. Feldman ed., New York: New York University Press 2000).    [BOOK]
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In the News

Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” coverage by The Georgetowner, August 10, 2015, quoting Professor Anthony Cook.

"New Efforts To Revamp Police Procedures Amid Charges Of Racism," coverage by The Diane Rehm Show, December 5, 2014, interviewing Professor Anthony Cook.

"Justice Department to Probe Ferguson, Missouri, Police," coverage by Voice of America, September 4, 2014, featuring Professor Anthony Cook.

Professor Anthony Cook discussed the Ferguson case on Voice Of America's "Encounter," August 22, 2014.

"Lack of transparency in shooting investigation?," coverage on MSNBC, August 18, 2014, featuring Professor Anthony Cook.

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Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” coverage by The Georgetowner, August 10, 2015, quoting Professor Anthony Cook.

"New Efforts To Revamp Police Procedures Amid Charges Of Racism," coverage by The Diane Rehm Show, December 5, 2014, interviewing Professor Anthony Cook.

"Justice Department to Probe Ferguson, Missouri, Police," coverage by Voice of America, September 4, 2014, featuring Professor Anthony Cook.

Professor Anthony Cook discussed the Ferguson case on Voice Of America's "Encounter," August 22, 2014.

"Lack of transparency in shooting investigation?," coverage on MSNBC, August 18, 2014, featuring Professor Anthony Cook.

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