James M. Cook

Associate Professor of Sociology James M. Cook
Title Associate Professor Of Sociology
Telephone (207) 621-3190

Mailing Address: 46 University Drive, Augusta ME 04330

Campus Address: Randall Student Center 240


Social network analysis, Social media, Political sociology, Sociology of gender


Office Hours

  • Wednesdays 9 AM – 3 PM via Zoom (see course syllabi or send e-mail for link information)


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

Recent Publications [see current curriculum vitae for full list of publications]

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 (Early View): 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 (Early View): 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).


2019 Conference Presentations

Cook, James M. and Kati Corlew. 2019. “Academic, Civic, and Social Engagement: The UMA Community Gardens.” University Collaborative Faculty Institute, May 16, Augusta, Maine.

Cook, James M. 2019. “Gender, Party, and the Kavanaugh Nomination: American State Legislators on Twitter.” 2019 International Conference on Social Media and Society, July 19-21, Toronto, Canada.

Cook, James M. 2019. “Nonmonogamy Online: Comparing Content and Structure of Polyamory and Swinging Communication over Social Media.” 2019 International Conference on Social Media and Society, July 19-21, Toronto, Canada.

Academic Interests

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.

Personal Social Presence: Twitter | YouTubeAcademic Blog | Google Scholar Profile

Group Social Presence: UMA Social Science Program | UMA Augusta Community Garden


University of Maine at Augusta

  • Associate Professor of Sociology 2017 –
  • Assistant Professor of Social Science 2011-2017

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.”