DeAnza A. Cook (she/her) began her doctoral studies at Harvard University 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 undergraduate thesis on the intellectual history of broken windows policing, Cook’s graduate research specializes in police science, police reform, and police administration in America throughout the post-Civil Rights era. Her forthcoming dissertation traces the rise of proactive “community-oriented” and “problem-oriented” policing in Greater Boston and beyond. Her work specifically examines the role of the police, police partners, and African Americans in revamping police business and police-community relations at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Cook is currently a Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative graduate fellow and a research fellow with the Center for American Political Studies. At Harvard College, she serves as the lead Race Relations and Diversity & Inclusion tutor at Cabot House. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is a “Civil Rights and Constitutional Policing” course administrator for law enforcement officers in her home state of Virginia, as well as an African American History instructor for incarcerated students at MCI-Norfolk.