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Cook, James

James Cook
Assistant Professor of Social Science

Office Location: 122 Jewett Hall, Augusta Campus
Phone: (207) 621-3190
Email: james.m.cook@maine.edu
Social: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTubeBlog

Office Hours:
By appointment Summer 2016

JamesCook

 

Education

B.A. Oberlin College, Sociology, 1993
M.A. University of Arizona, Sociology, 1996
Ph.D. University of Arizona, Sociology, 2000


Recent Publications

  • Cook, James M. 2016. “Are American Politicians as Partisan Online as they are Offline? Twitter Networks in the U.S. Senate and Maine State Legislature.” Policy & Internet 8(1): 55-71.
  • Cook, James M. 2016. “Twitter Adoption in U.S. Legislatures: A Fifty-State Study.” Proceedings of the 2016 International Social Media & Society Conference, London, UK. (free full-text access | pre-print | published at ACM: DOI: 10.1145/2930971.2930982)
  • Cook, James M. 2016. “Gender, Party, and Presentation of Family in the Social Media Profiles of 10 State Legislatures.” Social Media + Society 2(2): 1-11. (full text available)
  • Cook, James M. and Dawn Plourde. 2016. “Do Scholars Follow Betteridge’s Law? Questions in Journal Article Titles.” Scientometrics (DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-2030-2).

     


    Academic Interests
    My primary areas of interest in research and teaching are political organizations, social networks, and social media. That interest is reflected in the development of new courses at UMA in Social Networks and Analyzing Social Media and in community service (where my current projects are attempts to deepen student connections with the UMA Office of Civic Engagement and the Maine State Legislature).

    My present research interests include applications of social network theory to social media, tracking transparency in state legislatures, the development and testing of a social network model of the Maine State Legislature, and the application of workplace theories of glass ceilings and escalators to explain patterns of cooperation among legislators along and across lines of gender.

  • PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

    University of Maine at Augusta

    • Assistant Professor of Social Science 2011-
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    Duke University

    • Assistant Professor of Sociology 2000-2006

     

    University of Arizona

    • Ph.D., Sociology 2000
    • Areas of Concentration: Political Sociology, Social Networks
    • Dissertation: “The Social Structure of Political Behavior: Action, Interaction and Congressional Cosponsorship.”

    PUBLICATIONS

    RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

    • Social Media Homophily in Fifty State Legislatures.
    • (with Araminta Matthews) Network Analysis of Concept Mapping for Student Persistence and Success.
    • When Friendship Gets Fuzzy: Role Performance and Tie Formation in an Online Social Network.
    • (with UMA student) Comparing Social Media Networks of Lobbyists and Legislators.
    • (with UMA student) Social Media Adoption and Use by Chambers of Commerce.

    CURRICULUM DEVELOPED (Years taught in parentheses)

    • Analyzing Social Media (2013-2016)
    • Business and Politics in American Society (2001, 2002, 2005)
    • Collective Behavior and Social Movements (1999)
    • Criminology (2011-2016)
    • Cultivating Community (2016)
    • Introduction to Sociology (1997-2016)
    • Political Networks (2000, 2001)
    • Political Sociology (2002)
    • Research Methods (2014-2016)
    • Social Bases of Politics (2001, 2004, 2005)
    • Social Media Certificate (developed 2011, implemented 2012)
    • Social Networks (2012-2016)
    • Social Problems (2011-2016)
    • Sociology of Gender (2014-2016)
    • Sociology of Women (1996)

     

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    • American Sociological Association
    • Association of Internet Researchers
    • Eastern Sociological Society
    • New England Political Science Association

    2011-2012 Courses Taught:

    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201: Social Problems
    • JUS/SOC 316: Criminology

     

    2012-2013 Courses Taught:

     

    2013-2014 Courses Taught:

    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
    • JUS/SOC 316: Criminology
    • SOC 350: Sociology of Gender
    • COM/SOC 475: Analyzing Social Media

     

    2014-2015 Courses Taught:

    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
    • SSC 320: Research Methods in Social Science

     

    2015-2016 Courses Taught:

    2016-2017 Courses Taught:

    Spring 2016 selected activities:

    • Conference Presentation: “Twitter Adoption in U.S. Legislatures: A Fifty-State Study,” at the 2016 International Social Media & Society Conference in London, UK, July 11-14 2016.
    • Conference Presentation: “Access Delayed is Access Denied: Equality of Information in the Age of Social Media.” League of Women Voters New England Leadership Conference in Wells, ME, April 9 2016.
    • Pedagogical Presentation, “Beyond the Course by 2030: Redesigning State University Education as an Open Structure of Learning Objects,” at University College 2016 Faculty Institute.
    • Faculty Advisor, UMA Community Garden student organization

    Fall 2015 selected activities:

    • Continued moderation of the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series at UMA
    • Completed grant for a prototype “Maine OSLO” structure of learning objects for University of Maine System faculty — visit maineoslo.net
    • Research and Pedagogy presentation: “Online Education in the Year 2030”
    • Continuing Chair of AWSIM: Advocating Wicked Scholarship in Maine. Initiated media list for UMA faculty.
    • Faculty Advisor, Maine Policy Scholars program
    • Joined UMA Student Conduct Committee

    Spring 2015 selected activities:

    • Continued moderation of the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series at UMA
    • Completed grant for “Open Maine” legislative information system and social media hybrid — visit openmepolitics.com
    • Conference presentation: “Stages of Teaching and Learning Social Media Analytics,” at the 2015 meetings of the International Communication Association 2014 University of Maine System Faculty Institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 24 2015
    • Continuing Chair of AWSIM: Advocating Wicked Scholarship in Maine
    • Faculty Advisor, Maine Policy Scholars program
    • Awarded new UC e-learning grant for development of OSLO (Open Structure of Learning Objects) online teaching environment

    Fall 2014 selected activities:

    • Continued moderation of the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series at UMA
    • Moderator and Paper presentation: “When Friendship Gets Fuzzy: Tie Formation and Role Performance Among Teddy Bears Online,” at the Social Media & Society 2014 International Conference in Toronto, Canada, September 27-28
    • Implementing grant for “Open Maine” legislative information system and social media hybrid
    • Founding Chair of AWSIM: Advocating Wicked Scholarship in Maine
    • Faculty Advisor, Maine Policy Scholars program
    • Moderator, Augusta Maine Mayoral Debate

    Spring 2014 selected activities:

    • Continued moderation of the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series at UMA
    • Conference presentation: “When is Online On Task?  Matching Social Media to Teaching Style and Learning Outcomes,” at the 2014 University of Maine System Faculty Institute, May 15 2014
    • Paper presentation: “Making Connections: Twitter Networks of the Maine State Legislature,” at the 2014 New England Political Science Association Conference in Woodstock, Vermont, April 24-26 2014
    • Invited presentation: “Choosing a teaching career after the PhD,” Harvard University Department of Sociology, April 11 2014
    • Invited presentation: “Beat the ‘Suite: Free Alternatives for Social Media Analytics,” Social Media Breakfast Central Maine, Thomas College, February 25 2014
    • Successful recruitment of new social science program faculty
    • Member, Faculty Senate
    • Awarded grant for “Open Maine” legislative information system and social media hybrid; implementation begins
    • Implementation of new faculty blog

    Fall 2013 selected activities:

    • Continued moderation of the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series at UMA
    • Constitution Week presentation on UMA Augusta Campus: “If You Could Repeal An Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Which Would it Be?”
    • Paper presentation: “Twitter Talk in the U.S. Senate,” at the 2013 Social Media and Society Conference at Dalhouse University, September 14 2013
    • Chair, Social Science Faculty Search Committee
    • Grant development for “Open Maine” legislative information system and social media hybrid
    • Development of new faculty blog

    Spring 2013 selected activities:

    • Co-organizing the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series on the Augusta and Rockland campuses of UMA
    • Chairing the UMA Engagement Strategic Planning Committee and publishing the completed strategic planning document
    • Developing the COM/SOC 475 Analyzing Social Media Course for the Social Science program and the Social Media certificate
    • Implementing and reporting on a usability study of the website of the Maine State Legislature

    Fall 2012 selected activities:

    • Co-organizing the Research and Pedagogy academic colloquium series on the Augusta, Bangor, and Rockland campuses of UMA
    • Chairing the Office of Civic Engagement Strategic Planning Committee
    • Convening and moderating a faculty panel for Constitution Week: “Corporate Personhood and Your Personhood: Whose Rights in American Politics?,” September 19 2012 on the UMA Augusta Campus
    • Pedagogical paper presentation: “Your Course is a Network, Not a Line: Implementing a Graphic Syllabus Online,” at the Third New England Regional Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning in Portland, Maine, on October 26 2012
    • Voter registration activity on UMA’s Rockland and Augusta campuses

    Spring 2012 selected activities:

    • Getting an Education, Getting a Job: curation of statistics on employment in Maine and the transition from higher education to the workforce for the Office of Civic Engagement
    • Employment in Maine, Creating a Vision for Change: moderating a listening session bringing together Maine’s students, community members, political leaders and business leaders to discuss barriers to employment and visions for overcoming those barriers
    • Successful development of a new course for the Social Science Program: COM/SOC 475, Analyzing Social Media
    • Successful initiation of a new Social Media certificate program at UMA.
    • Research paper published in the New England Journal of Political Science: “Gender, Voting, and Cosponsorship in the Maine State Legislature.”
    • Research paper presentation: “Domains, Ceilings and Escalators: Committee Gender Composition and Legislative Leadership in the State House” at the New England Political Science Association meetings in April 2012

     

    Fall 2011 selected activities:

    • A public lecture, “Is a Corporation a Person?,” delivered September 20 2011 at the Randall Student Center
    • A public forum on the new Occupy movement (organized jointly with the Office of Civic Engagement) held on the UMA campus green October 27 2011, inviting representatives of Maine’s political and public advocacy sectors to speak and observe
    • An academic panel on the Occupy movement November 8 2011, gathering four professors from different departments and colleges of UMA, each bringing his or her professional expertise to bear to understand this new phenomenon
    • Successful development of a new course for the Social Science Program: COM/SOC 375, Social Networks
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