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Sam Cook

Sam Cook, Associate Professor

Sam Cook, Associate Professor
Sam Cook, Associate Professor

Department of  Sociology
644 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9596 |

Dr. Sam Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the director of American Indian Studies.

Current Projects:

  • 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)
  • Indigenous Political Economies and Ecologies
  • American Indian Law and Policy
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Appalachian Cultures
  • Human Ecology and Sustainability
  • PhD, University of Arizona
  • MA, University of Arizona
  • BA, Radford University
  • 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
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Outreach Award, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • Certificate of Excellence for Service to the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Virginia Tech, 2005
  • Mooney Award, Monacans and Miners, presented by the Southern Anthropological Society, 2003


Cook, Samuel R. Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. 329 pp.

Journal Articles

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.

Book Chapters

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.

  • 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.

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