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Erik Cooke Adjunct Instructor Philosophy & Religion

Contact
Send email to Erik Cooke
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - 1st Floor
Battelle-Tompkins Terrace Level, Cubicle E2

Monday/Thursday 5:45-6:45pm
Degrees
M.A. Political Science, American University

B.A. Government, George Mason University

Book Currently Reading
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz
Bio
I'm an educator, proposal writer, and nonprofit strategist based in Washington, D.C. I have more than 20 years of leadership in nonprofits and government. I've led government business and grant development for domestic and international nonprofits. Currently, I direct grant and business development for Easterseals' National office, helping secure hundreds of millions in government, foundation, and private grants and contracts. Previously, I headed the Washington, DC office of Feed the Children, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in the US and in ten countries around the world. My long-standing passion project has been teaching a course on the philosophy of democracy and human rights. In addition to my nonprofit career, I have also served in the US Senate, on political campaigns, and in private consulting. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science, and in my spare time I volunteer with mentoring programs, run the occasional half-marathon, and try to keep up with my kids.
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Teaching

Fall 2021

  • PHIL-235 Theories of Democracy