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Garrett W. Cook, Ph.D.

Dr. Garrett W. Cook
S. Alexander
Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Garrett Cook


Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D., Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany, 1981
M.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany, 1975
B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at ALbany, 1969

Major Area of Research
Religion and Expressive Culture, Ethnography/Social Anthropology, Maya Culture and Community

Current Courses
  • ANT 1305 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 1360 Religion, Magic and Witchcraft - The Anthropology of                the Supernatural
  • ANT 3350 Native North Americans
  • ANT 3375 Ethnographic Methods
  • ANT 4320 Culture, Personality and Identity
  • ANT 4320 Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 4360 Anthropology of Religion
  • ANT 4680 Field School in Cultural Anthropology - Highland Maya Ethnography

Born and educated in New York I came to Baylor in 1990 to develop a field school in the Maya country of Central America. Though my official duties at Baylor no longer relate to my dual background I am also an archaeologist and have taught many field schools in New York and Texas, and I started and ran a cultural resource management business from 1985-1990. During those years I also served as a museum director. I have been married since 1983 and with my wife Lori, who is a nurse at Baylor, raised two children through the difficult teenage and early adult years. We now have two dogs. I created and direct the Baylor Anthropology Field School in Guatemala and have introduced about 100 Baylor students to ethnographic field work and the Maya people of Guatemala and Belize during ten field seasons. My proudest professional accomplishments aside from the field school have been the publication of my book on Maya religion and expressive culture in 2000 and completion of a video documentary and ethnography of the Monkeys Dance in Momostenango with my colleague Tom Offit in 2008. We continue to work together, currently wrapping up a book on the impacts of globalization on local Maya community and tradition. I am an amateur herpetologist and natural historian, and I seek personal renewal through canoeing, motorcycling and playing the harmonica in several small ensembles of acoustic musicians in Waco and Dallas.

Selected Publications

2010  Thomas Offit and Garrett Cook, The Death of Don Pedro: Insecurity and Cultural Continuity in Peacetime Guatemala. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, vol. 15, no. 1, April, pp. 42-65.

2009   Garrett Cook and Thomas Offit, Pluralism and Transculturation in Indigenous Maya Religion, Ethnology vol. 47, no. 1, Winter 2008, pp. 4559.

2001   The Maya Pentecost in Holy Saints and Fiery Preachers: the Anthropology of Protestantism in Mexico and Central America, ed by James Dow and Alan Sandstrom. Westport CT: Praeger.

2000    Renewing the Maya world: Expressive Culture in a Highland Town. Austin: University of Texas Press.

1996  John Fox and Garrett Cook, Constructing Maya Communities: Ethnography for Archaeology. Current Anthropology, Vol. 37, no. 5: 811-821.

1996  John Fox, Garrett Cook, Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase, Questions of Political and Economic Integration: Segmentary Versus Centralized States Among the Ancient Maya. Current Anthropology, Vol. 37, no. 5: 795-801.