- Indigenous Political Economies and Ecologies
- American Indian Law and Policy
- Indigenous Knowledge Systems,
- Appalachian Cultures
- Human Ecology and Sustainability
- Coordinator of American Indian Studies Program, Virginia Tech
- External Graduate Faculty, Department of History, University of Maine
- American Anthropological Association
- Association of American Indian and Indigenous Anthropologists
- Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
- Ph.D. University of Arizona
- M.A. University of Arizona
- B.A. Radford University
Awards and Honors
2009 - College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Outreach Award, Virginia Tech
2005 - Certificate of Excellence for Service to the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Virginia Tech
2003 - Mooney Award, Monacans and Miners, presented by the Southern Anthropological Society
Cook, Samuel R. Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. 329 pp.
Cook, Samuel R. “Cycles of Ethnogenesis: (re)Birth of the Monacan Nation.” In Jeff J. Corntassel and Tom Holm, eds., The Power of Peoplehood: Contemporary Indigenous Community-Building. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, in press.
Cook, Samuel R. “General Anthropology: Where the Lines Blur.” General Anthropology Bulletin (2014): in press.
Cook, Samuel R., and Thomas Klatka. “’Whose, Blood, Sweat, and Tears…’: Reclaiming African History and Collaborative Anthropology in Virginia’s New River Valley.” Practicing Anthropology 32 (4): 35-39.
Cook, Samuel R. “’You Can’t put a Price on it’: Activist Anthropology in the Mountaintop Removal Debate.” Collaborative Anthropologies 1: 138-162.
Cook, Samuel R., Johns, John L. and Karenne Wood. “The Monacan Nation Pow Wow: Symbol of Indigenous Survival and Resistance in the Tobacco Row Mountains.” Southern Anthropologist vol. 30, no. 2 (2005): 1-19.
2009 - Virginia Tech, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, South Atlantic Humanities Innovation Grant for research and curriculum development on critical Indigenous theory, $500.
2008 - Virginia Indian Pre-College and Oureach Initiative. Co-organizer and advisor, 2008-present. Participants since 2008: 83. Funded by Terry-Lynne Poemer foundation grant, $50,000 for five years.
2004 - Virginia Foundation for the Humanities General Program Grant for the Brush Mountain Oral History Project, $6,000.
- Indigenous Natural Resource Management among Virginia Indian Nations (an applied collaboration with Monacan horticulturalists and Pamunkey watermen)
- Understanding Anthropology within the Context of Indigenous Agency (an examination of the impact of indigenous peoples interactions within anthropology on the discipline, past and future)
- Creating Linkages Between African Slave Descendant Communities and Cultural Sites in Southwest Virginia (an ongoing collaboration with descendant communities and archaeologist Thomas Klatka, Virginia Department of Historic Resources)