Craig M. Cook

Board Member
Craig M. Cook

Craig M. Cook is a Professor/Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California where he teaches courses in Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano/a Studies, and specialized courses in Ethnic Studies (U.S. Immigration History and Racism in America).

Professor Cook received a B.A. in World History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a M.A. in History (emphasis in African American History and Contemporary World History) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.  Both subjects push students to connect with other cultures, with one another and with us while challenging them to be capable global citizens, guided by knowledge and ethical principles, which will shape the future.

Cook’s studies specialize on a diverse array of ethno-racial groups, with a comparative focus, to provide a framework for understanding both the specificities and the differences among the situations of racially-marginalized groups in the U.S. and beyond. His research interests are: African American History and Culture, Slave Revolts, Comparative Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Movements, Cultural Studies and U.S. Immigration History.

As a scholar/activist, Professor Cook integrates academic research and community service.  He has worked with many diverse community groups and organizations since he began as a student activist during the late 1990s vigorously participating in anti-racism activism and organizing; to working with undocumented immigrants in Chicago, Illinois and later Santa Barbara, California. Living and working in the large immigrant communities of Chicago and Southern California has made him overtly conscious of the importance of Ethnic Studies as a vital part of college/university curricula. As a holistic body of work, Cook’s scholarly work seeks to manifest interdisciplinary African American and Ethnic Studies with integral community engagement.