Associate Professor Of Sociology
Mailing Address: 46 University Drive, Augusta ME 04330
Campus Address: Randall Student Center 240
Social network analysis, Social media, Political sociology, Sociology of gender
Spring 2023 Office Hours
B.A. Oberlin College, Sociology, 1993
Recent Publications [see current curriculum vitae for full list of publications]
Rubinsky, Valerie, and James Cook. 2022. “More than Two… but not Right Now: Interpretations and Responses to Covid-19 Measures on Reddit for Two Communities of Consensual Non-Monogamy.” Sexuality and Culture 27:1-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-10056-w.
Gurnack, Anne M. and James M. Cook. 2021. “Polish Americans, Political Partisanship and Presidential Election Voting: 1972-2020.” European Journal of Transformation Studies 9(2): 30-39.
Duguay, Ashley, Todd Loughead and James M. Cook. 2019. “Athlete Leadership as a Shared Process: Using a Social Network Approach to Examine Athlete Leadership in Competitive Female Youth Soccer Teams.” The Sport Psychologist 33(3): 189-202. doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2018-0019.
Cook, James M. 2019. “Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse, and Political Identity (Book Review).” Presidential Studies Quarterly 49(2): 483-484. doi.org/10.1111/psq.12537.
Cook, James M., Carrie Hill and Jennifer Chase. 2018. “From Offline Politics to Online Action: Social Media Adoption and Communication by the Legislators, Lobbyists, and Business Groups of Maine.” in Sub-National Democracy and Politics through Social Media (Mehmet Zahid Sobacı and İbrahim Hatipoğlu, eds.). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
Cook, James M. 2017. “Twitter Adoption and Activity in US Legislatures: A 50-State Study.” American Behavioral Scientist 61(7): 724-740.
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).
My primary areas of interest in research and teaching are political organizations, social networks, social media, and the sociology of gender. 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 Community Gardens civic engagement project and the Maine State Legislature).
My present research interests include applications of social network and social identity theory to social media, the development and testing of a social network model of state legislators, and the application of workplace theories of glass ceilings and escalators to explain patterns of cooperation among legislators along and across lines of gender. I am also engaged in research regarding the social network characteristics of publicly-communicating groups of sexual minorities.
University of Maine at Augusta
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