Karen Cook

KAREN S. COOK is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford. She conducts research on social interaction, social networks, and trust. She has edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series she co-edits with M. Levi and R. Hardin, including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (with R. Kramer, 2004), eTrust: Forming Relations in the Online World (with C. Snijders, V. Buskens, and Coye Cheshire, 2009), and Whom Can Your Trust? (with M. Levi and R. Hardin, 2009). She is co-author of Cooperation without Trust? (with R. Hardin and M. Levi, 2005) and she co-edited Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology (with Gary Alan Fine and James S. House, 1995). In 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology.


Curriculum Vitæ
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Social Psychology; Organizational Behavior; Group Processes; Social Networks, Health Care.


Director, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS);

Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Stanford University;

Chair, National Academy of Sciences, Section 53 - Social and Political Science (2011)


Recent Books:

  • eTrust: Forming Relationships in the Online World. 2009. Karen S. Cook, Chris Snijders, Vincent Buskens and Coye Cheshire (eds.) New York: Russell Sage Foundation Publications.
  • Whom Can we Trust?  How Groups, Networks and Institutions Make Trust Possible. 2009. Karen S. Cook, Margaret Levi and Russell Hardin (eds.) New York: Russell Sage Foundation Publications.
  • Cooperation Without Trust? Karen S. Cook, Russell Hardin, Margaret Levi. (2005) New York: Russell Sage Publications
  • Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives. 2004. Roderick Kramer and Karen S. Cook (eds.) New York: Russell Sage Foundation Publications.

  • Social Capital, Nan Lin, Karen S. Cook and Ron Burt. 2001. The Netherlands: Aldine de Gruter.
  • Trust in Society, Karen S. Cook (editor) 2001. New York City, New York: Russell Sage Foundation

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Social Exchange, Networks, Power and Solidarity,” Karen S. Cook and Coye Cheshire. In Rafael Wittek, Tom Snijders and Victor Nee (eds.) The Handbook of Rational Choice Social Research, Stanford University Press (forthcoming) 2012.
  • “Social and Political Trust.” Karen S. Cook and Brian D. Cook. In the Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, Gerard Delanty and Stephen Turner (eds.) New York: Routeledge (2011).
  • “Trust.” Karen S. Cook and Bogdan State. In Oxford Bibliography of Sociology Online (2011).
  • “Modesty in Self-Presentation: A Comparison Between the U.S. and Japan.” Toshio Yamagishi, Karen S. Cook, Toko Kiyonari, Mizuho Shinada, Nobuhiro Mifune, Keigo Inukai, Haruto Takagishi, Yutaka Horita, and Yany Li, Asian Journal of Social-Psychology. 2011.

  • “General and Familiar Trust in Websites.” Coye Cheshire, Judd Antin, Karen S. Cook and Elizabeth Churchill. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, Special Issue on Trust and Technology, Mariarrosaria Taddeo (ed.) (2010).
  • “Trust and Structural Transitions in Social Exchange.” Coye Cheshire, Alexandra Gerbasi, and Karen S. Cook. Social Psychology Quarterly (June, 2010).
  • "Trust: Explanations of Social Action and Implications for Social Structure,” Karen S. Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi. In The Handbook of Analytical Sociology, Peter Hedstrom and Peter Bearman (eds.), Oxford University Press. Oxford, England. (2010).
  • “How do American Black, White, Hispanic and Asian Health Care Users Perceive their Medical Non-Adherence?” Irena Stepanikova and Karen S. Cook, Research in the Sociology of Health Care. (2009). Winner of the 2010 Award for Excellence, Emerald Literati Network. (Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner)
  • “The Effects of Poverty and the Lack of Insurance on Perceptions of Racial and Ethnic Bias in Health Care.” Irena Stepanikova and Karen S. Cook, Health Services Research. Vol. 43(3): 915-930, 2008.
  • "Social Structure and Emotion: The Role of Trustworthiness in Negotiated and Reciprocal Exchange.” Alexandra Gerbasi and Karen S. Cook, Pp. 141-166 in Dawn T. Robinson and Jody Clay-Warner (eds.) Social Structure and Emotion, Stanford, CA. Stanford University Press. 2008.
  • “In Defense of Deception.” Toshio Yamagishi and Karen S. Cook. Social Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 71(3): 215-221, 2008.
  • “Patients’ Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Trust in their Physicians.” Irena Stepanikova, Stefanie Bailey Mollborn, Karen S. Cook, David H. Thom, and Roderick M. Kramer. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. December 2006. 47 (4):390-405.
  • “Trust and Trustworthiness in Two Games and Two Cultures: A Research Note.” Toko Kiyonari, Toshio Yamagishi, Karen S. Cook and Coye Cheshire Social Psychology Quarterly (vol. 69) September 2006.
  • “Homans and Emerson on Power: Out of the Skinner Box.” 2006. Karen S. Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi, in Javier Trevino (ed.) George C. Homans: History Theory and Method. Paradigm Publishers
  • “Power-Dependence and Exchange Theory.” 2006. Karen S. Cook, Coye Cheshire, Alexandra Gerbasi, to appear in Peter Burke (ed.) Contemporary Social Psychological Theories, Stanford University Press: Stanford, CA.
  • “Delayed Care and Unmet Needs among Health Care Users: When Does Fiduciary Trust in a Physician Matter?” Stefanie Bailey Mollborn, Irena Stepanikova and Karen S. Cook. 2005. Health Services Research Vol 40. Number 6 (December): 1898-1917
  • “NatverkOch Tillit ar Viktigt for Halsovardens Kvalitet (Networks and Trust are Important for the Quality of Health Care). Karen S. Cook and Irena Stepanikova. 2005. Axess, Issue 5.
  • “The Sociology of Power and Justice: Coming of Age in the Sixties.” In Alan Sica (ed.) The Disobedient Generation: ‘68ers and the Transformation of Social Theory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2005).
  • “Trust Building via Risk Taking: A Cross-Societal Experiment,” Karen S. Cook, Toshio Yamagishi, Coye Cheshire, Robin Cooper, Masafumi Matsuda, Rie Mashima, Social Psychology Quarterly June 2005. Vol. 68, No. 2: 121-142.
  • “Networks, Norms and Trust: The Social Psychology of Social Capital,” Social Psychology Quarterly. March 2005. Vol. 68, No. 1: 4-14.
  • “Uncertainty and the Emergence of Trust Networks: Implications for Research on the Internet,” Coye Cheshire and Karen S. Cook, Analyse und Kritik, (vol. 28) December 2004: 220-240.
  • “Trust in the Economy,” Karen S. Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi. Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. 2004.

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