Cynthia Cook holds a PhD in sociology from Texas Woman's University, and Masters degrees from Brooklyn College (Political Science/Urban Administration) and the University of Chicago (Medical Sociology). Her areas of research include maternal health, physician assistants and female police officers; her doctoral research examined trends in maternity-related mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, she has collaborated with Creighton University Medical Center to assess cultural competency among health-care providers and their target populations, including Hispanic Americans, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Native Americans, African Americans, and low-income whites in Omaha, Nebraska. She also has a record and voice as a public intellectual, having published in venues such as the Omaha Star and Griot, a newsletter published by the Association of Black Sociologists.
Dr. Cook is the editor of Voices in Medical Sociology (Cognella Press, 2012), and Co-Editor of Voices in Sociology, An Introduction to Core Concepts (Cognella Press,2011) and Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities (Jones & Bartlett, 2008). She teaches medicine and society, bioethics, and global health challenges.