Philip J. Cook is ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and Co-Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Group on the Economics of Crime.

He is one of the world's leading experts on the economics of crime, particularly gun violence, and has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (Criminal Division) and to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Enforcement Division).

He has served in a variety of capacities with the National Academy of Sciences, including as a member of expert panels focused on alcohol-abuse prevention, violence, school shootings, underage drinking, the deterrent effect of the death penalty, and proactive policing.

He also served as vice chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice.