Kimberly Cook Honored for Lifetime Achievement by the American Society of Criminology

Kimberly Cook, professor in the department of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has received the Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology. The award recognizes sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in critical criminology.

Dr. Cook was recognized for her scholarship and activism in the fields of violence against women, wrongful convictions, feminist criminology, restorative justice, and survivor criminology. “Not only has Dr. Cook contributed as a scholar, but she has also contributed to social justice for marginalized groups and sets an example for critical criminologists,” noted the selection committee.

“I went to college as a single mother on welfare after surviving domestic violence. I know what being marginalized and exploited is like,” said Professor Cook. “Pursuing social justice with my academic expertise as an available tool allows me to integrate my personal and professional commitments with humility and determination. I am honored to receive this award from my academic peers, and I’m deeply grateful to the many community partners who welcome my involvement. They earned this award too.”

Dr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Maine, where she majored in sociology. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire.

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