Philip J. Cook has been a member of the Duke faculty for 50 years and is currently Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Economics. He was a founding member of the Sanford School faculty and served as director for a total of 7 years.
He is one of the first scholars to undertake research on gun violence prevention. In 2020 his contributions in this area were recognized by the award of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Earlier, in 2001 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.
He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (Criminal Division and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Enforcement Division), as well as the Durham Police Department. He has served in a variety of capacities with the National Academy of Sciences, including membership on expert panels dealing with alcohol abuse prevention, violence, school shootings, underage drinking, the deterrent effect of the death penalty, and proactive policing. He served as vice chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice.
His research has focused on the costs and consequences of the widespread availability of guns, and what might be done about it. His most recent book, with Anthony A. Braga, is Policing Gun Violence (Oxford University Press 2023). Previous books on gun violence prevention include Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000, co-authored with Jens Ludwig), and The Gun Debate (Oxford University Press 2014, 2020, co-authored with Kristin A. Goss) which is intended for a general audience seeking an objective assessment of the relevant issues. He is currently the scientific director for a multi-faceted project to improve clearance rates for shooting cases in Chicago.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley 1973 and a B.A., University of Michigan, 1968.
NCGVR Webinar: Interventions to Improve Police Effectiveness
In a recent webinar hosted by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, Oeindrila Dube presented her findings on the evaluation of Situational Decision-Making, while Philip Cook discussed the evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s Area Technology Centers.
Gun Violence Among School-Age Youth in Chicago
This report from 2009 provides an overview of youth violence in Chicago.
The Crime Lab partnered with the Chicago Police Department to analyze historical trends in clearance rates for homicides and non-fatal shootings and evaluate the innovative Area Technology Center (ATC) model.
Understanding Underground Gun Markets
The Crime Lab explored how people access firearms and ammunition in the illicit market.