DeAnza A. Cook (she/her) began her doctoral studies at Harvard as a Presidential Scholar in the fall of 2017. Before coming to Harvard, Cook graduated from the University of Virginia as a History Distinguished Major with highest honors. Building upon her department award-winning undergraduate thesis on the intellectual history of broken windows policing, Cook’s graduate research specializes on the development of police reform, police science, and police-community relations in major American cities in the post-Civil Rights era. Her forthcoming dissertation traces the rise of proactive “community-oriented” and “problem-oriented” policing in Greater Boston and beyond and examines the role of the police, police partners, and African Americans in revamping police business at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
At Harvard, Cook serves as a Teaching Fellow and Course Development Fellow for the History Department and History & Literature Program. She is also an undergraduate advisor and Resident Tutor at Cabot House. She has volunteered with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier since October 2018. Cook received a Presidential Public Service Fellowship award to evaluate the Center’s Constitutional Policing curriculum in the summer of 2019, and she is the course administrator for a new multidisciplinary seminar on Civil Rights, Law Enforcement, and The Constitution for law enforcement officers in her home state of Virginia.