David Cook Martín

Professor of Sociology and Assistant Vice President of Global Education, Grinnell College

David Cook-Martín is a Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, and Assistant Vice President for Global Education. He also oversees the Institute for Global Engagement. His work as a political sociologist focuses on understanding migration, race, ethnicity, law, and citizenship in an international field of power. He is author of The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants (Stanford University Press 2013: ASA’s Thomas & Znaniecki Best Book on International Migration Award 2014), and co-author with David FitzGerald of Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press 2014: APSA’s Best Book on Migration and Citizenship 2015, ASA’s Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book on International Migration 2015, ASA’s Best Scholarly Contribution to Political Sociology). David has published articles and chapters on transnational religious networks, ethnic return migration, and Latin American migrations to Europe, and is a member of the Scholar’s Strategy Network.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant Vice President of Global Education, Grinnell College
  • 2015–present
    Professor, Grinnell College
  • 2007–2015
    Associate Professor, Grinnell College
  • 2013–2015
    Director, Center for International Studies, Grinnell College


Thomas & Znaniecki Award for Best Book in International Migration (2014), American Sociological Association; Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship 2015, American Sociological Association; Migration and Citizenship Best Book Award 2015 (American Political Science Association)