The Cook Center organizes its research, programmatic and scholarship activities into the following domains:

Within the Center’s rich interdisciplinary community, our research scholars pursue projects across various fields of inquiry as well as with researchers at Duke and scholars throughout the world.

Major Research Questions

  • How do group identities vary over time and space?
  • What creates variations in group identity formation over time and space?
  • What is the relationship between group identity established by self-classification, social-classification, and legal classification? Which is most salient, and in what contexts?
  • How does intergroup inequality vary over time and space? What mechanisms affect the degree of this inequality?
  • What are the consequences of the persistence of intergroup inequality over time and space? To what extent does intergroup inequality contribute to interethnic violence, trauma, and social instability?
  • What are the policies that will best produce sustained reductions in the degree of intergroup inequality?

Oil and Blood: The Color of Wealth in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Is this the “Golden Age” of Behavioral Genetics?

The Color of Wealth in Baltimore

Still Running Up the Down Escalator: How Narratives Shape our Understanding of Racial Wealth Inequality

Black Wall Street of the South: From Reconstruction to the Pandemic

Federal Job Guarantee as a Proposition for Enhancing Economic Efficiencies and Business Competitiveness

Baltimore Study: Credit Scores

Race, Phenotype, and Economic Disparities: Evidence from Los Angeles, California

Priorities And Challenges: Wealth Management Among Affluent African-American Families

Ensuring A More Equitable Future: Exploring and Measuring the Relationship between Family Wealth, Education Debt, and Wealth Accumulation

The Association between Wealth Inequality and Socioeconomic Outcomes

Improving Human Health in China Through Alternative Energy

Message Received? The Effect of Academic Socialization on NCAA Athletes’ Grades

Shades of Black: Gendered denominational variation in depression symptoms among Black Christians

Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults

Education and COVID-19: Landscape Analysis of Impact Indicators


Federal Job Guarantee as a Proposition for Enhancing Economic Efficiencies and Business Effectiveness

A Subaltern Middle Class: The Case of the Missing “Black Bourgeoisie” in America

Isolation: an Alternative to the “Acting White” Hypothesis in Explaining Black Under-Enrollment in Advanced Courses

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