Karen S. Cook

Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dr. Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University. From 2001-2005 she served as the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 1998, she was at the University of Washington, where she was chair of the Department of Sociology from 1993 to 1995 and director of the Laboratory for Sociological Research. From 1995-1998 she was the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University. Professor Cook has a long-standing interest in social exchange, social networks, bargaining, and social justice and has been involved in a large interdisciplinary project focusing on trust in social relations. As part of this project she studied physician-patient trust relations. She has edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series she co-edited with M. Levi and R. Hardin, including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (with R. Kramer, 2004), and eTrust: Forming Relationships in the Online World (with C. Snijders, V. Buskens and C. Cheshire, 2009). She is also a co-author of Cooperation without Trust? (K. Cook, R. Hardin and M. Levi, 2005).  She co-editedSociological Perspectives on Social Psychology (with Gary Alan Fine and James S. House, 1995). She has served as president of the Pacific Sociological Association and as vice-president of the American Sociological Association and the International Institute of Sociology. Among numerous honors, in 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology. She serves as co-editor (with Doug Massey) of the Annual Review of Sociology, and she is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Annual Reviews. She is also a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2007 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and she is currently a member of the NAS Council. Dr. Cook is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Scholars Program. 

Discipline: Sociology
Research Interests:
Health Policy Interests: