Anthony E. Cook
Professor of Law
B.A., Princeton; J.D., Yale
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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...Continue Reading
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 has taught courses in community economic development and corporate law and presently teaches a Practicum on Law and Entrepreneurship, advising social enterprises, early stage, and scaling ventures on a range of legal and business issues. He also teaches a constitutional law course, Democracy & Coercion, which explores the relationship between constitutional law and social stratification & inequality. 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."