In her role as a Research Associate, Ms. Cook focuses on elections in Africa, good governance, presidential term limits, and democratic transitions.
Before joining the Africa Center, Ms. Cook served at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Office of African Affairs, focusing on Central Africa. Her background includes research assistance for the Naval Postgraduate School, and a certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey’s summer intensive language program in French.
Ms. Cook holds an M.A. in national security studies with a concentration in African security from California State University San Bernardino, and a B.A. in political science from Biola University in California.
Areas of Expertise
Elections, governance, democratic transitions.
Africa’s 2023 Elections: Democratic Resiliency in the Face of Trials
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2023
Africa’s Complex 2022 Elections: Restoring Democratic Processes
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, January 11, 2022 (updated on June 16, 2022)
Presidential Term Limits Key to Democratic Progress and Security in Africa
La limitation des mandats présidentiels est la clé du progrès démocratique et de la sécurité en Afrique
Orbis, Summer 2021
Lessons for Africa from India’s Deadly COVID Surge
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, May 28, 2021
Taking Stock of Africa’s 2021 Elections
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, January 12, 2021
Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, September 14, 2020
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, May 27, 2020
Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Africa
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, May 13, 2020
Assessing Africa’s 2020 Elections
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, January 28, 2020